Associate Professor of English
Phone: ext. 2283

Academic Accomplishments

  • Ph. D., American Literature, Columbia University, 2002
  • M.Phil., English, Columbia University, 1998.
  • B.S., Psychology-Neuroscience, Indiana University, 1993


Dr. Battistini is the department specialist in American literature.  Before coming to Centenary, he taught at Franklin & Marshall College and Florida State University. In addition to his scholarly research, Robert is a  co-editor of the Literary Magazine volume of the new Charles Brockden Brown Scholarly Edition, forthcoming from Bucknell UP. Dr. Battistini lives with his wife and daughter in New York City.


His research areas include the early American novel, early American periodical culture, and, in particular, the work of Charles Brockden Brown. His current research investigates early American novels (before 1825) for how Americans understood the political and cultural possibilities of the nascent American project. Professor Battistini has also begun a book-length “Atlas of the Early American Novel,” which situates American prose narrative in a transatlantic and continental context by ‘mapping’ distinct sites of American literary production onto imaginative atlases of history, ethnicity, and culture.

Published Works

Co-Editor (with Michael Cody and Karen Weyler), Vol. III, _Charles Brockden Brown Scholarly Edition, “The Literary Magazine.” (Bucknell University Press, 2017).

“Brown’s Quaker Milieu” for _The Oxford Handbook of Charles Brockden Brown_, eds. Philip Barnard and Stephen Shapiro (2017).

“’Not to Forsake…but to Restore’: Usable Pasts and Generic Play in Brown’s Historical Sketches.”  Literature of the Early American Republic,  Spring 2011.

“Glimpses of the Other before Orientalism: Images of the Muslim World in Early American Periodicals, 1785-1800.” Early American Studies, April 2010.

“Reluctant Innovation on the Pennsylvania Frontier: Hugh Henry Brackenridge’s Modern Chivalry.”  Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, April 2009.

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