Parrish, Susan Scott 1964(?)-

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Parrish, Susan Scott 1964(?)-


Born c. 1964; daughter of T. Kirkpatrick (president of packaged-goods marketing firm) and Susan (present surname, Bianchi) Parrish (technological consultant); married Bruce Cordiner Judge, August 4, 1990. Education: Princeton University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1986; University of California, Berkeley, M.A., 1990; Stanford University, Ph.D., 1998.


Home—MI. Office—Department of English, University of Michigan, 1945 Cambridge Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, department of English language and literature, began as assistant professor, became associate professor, 1998—.


Society of Early Americanists, History of Science Society, American Society of Literature and the Environment, American Literature Association, Phi Beta Kappa.


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 1989-91; Stanford University Fellowship, 1990-95; Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, 1995-96; Thomas and Carolyn Killefer Fellowship, 1996-97; Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture's Richard L. Morton Award, 1997, for William and Mary Quarterly article; Horace H. Rackham Faculty Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2001; National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 2001; Stephen Botein Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, 2003.


American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World, University of North Carolina Press (Chapel Hill, NC), 2006.

Contributor of scholarly articles to various journals, including the William and Mary Quarterly, Early American Literature, and Modern Philology.


Susan Scott Parrish graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University. She then earned a master's degree in rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in English from Stanford University. In 1998 she joined the English language and literature department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she serves as an associate professor. Parrish's primary areas of interest include colonial and early national British-American literature and culture from 1585 to 1830, the early modern Atlantic world, travel literature, natural history, environmental writing and criticism, and writers of the South between the World Wars, particularly William Faulkner. In American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World, Parrish combines several of her interests, focusing on a period of history when the foundations of modern natural science were first being laid. William Leach, in a review for Isis, remarked: "There is a good deal to admire in this book. Parrish has done hard research and unearthed fascinating material. Her chapter on women collectors, in particular, is especially good. Her central argument, moreover—that early Western natural science was an outgrowth of the interactions of very diverse, often adversarial groups—is very persuasive and, one hopes, will inspire more work on the subject. Thomas Hallock, writing for Early American Literature, called Parrish's book "the rare dual achievement, both pathbreaking and fully realized."



Early American Literature, March, 2007, Thomas Hallock, review of American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World, p. 201.

Isis, December, 2006, William Leach, review of American Curiosity, p. 752.

Journal of the Early Republic, spring, 2007, Andrew J. Lewis, review of American Curiosity, p. 175.

New York Times, August 5, 1990, "Susan S. Parrish, Student, Marries."


University of Michigan Web site, (April 7, 2007), faculty biography.