Maria Karafilis

College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office Location: ET A607


Maria Karafilis (Ph.D., 1999, University of Maryland, College Park) is Professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles, where she also has served as the Joseph A. Bailey II, M.D., Endowed Chair in American Communities and Director of the CSULA/NEH American Communities Program. She teaches courses in American literature and her research focuses on legal and literary narratives of belonging and citizenship. Her research has appeared in journals including New England Quarterly, Poe Studies, American Literary Realism, ATQ, and Arizona Quarterly as well as a number of edited collections. She also edited Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s historical novel The Linwoods for reissue.

Recent courses taught include

  • Literary Geographies: Space and Place in 19th-Century US Literatures
  • Time and Temporality in 19th-Century American Literature
  • American Periodical Literatures
  • American Democracy in Hawthorne and Melville
  • Literatures of Slavery and Abolition
  • Violence, History, and Memory
  • “The Indian Question”: Indigeneity in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Research Methods in Literary Studies