Claudia Stumpf

  • Senior Lecturer, English and Media Studies
  • Ph.D. Tufts University
  • MA Tufts University
  • BA Yale University

Teaching Interests

Gender Studies and Feminist Theory; Composition and Rhetoric; Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-century British literature

Research Interests

Women's and Gender Studies; Pedagogy; British Romanticism; Trauma theory; Gothic literature and sentimental literature; Postcolonial literature


Claudia Stumpf holds a BA from Yale University and a PhD from Tufts University. She is a specialist in eighteenth and nineteenth century British literature and gender studies as well as writing and composition.

Professional Memberships

  • National Women's Studies Association 2017 - Present
  • National Council of Teachers of English 2016 - Present
  • Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network 2015 - Present
  • Modern Language Association 2010 - Present
  • International Conference on Romanticism 2010 - 2020
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2019, Faculty Affairs Committee Grant, Bentley University
  • 2016, Faculty Affairs Committee Grant, Bentley University
  • 2011, GIFT (Graduate Institute for Teaching) Fellowship, Tufts University
  • 2005, Provost's Fellowship, Tufts University
  • Publications

    Journal Articles

  • Stumpf, C. J. (2012). Shattering Trauma: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and the Problem of Making Meaning. Inquire: Journal of Comparative Literature. 2.2

    Book Chapters

  • Stumpf, C. J. (2019). Moralizing among ruins: Christianity, Patriarchy, and the Struggle for Narrative Authority In , (Eds.) Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism. 375 119-162. Gale/Cengage
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2011). Lions of Flaming Fire: The Violence of Meaning in William Blake In , (Eds.) Literary and Poetic Representations of Work and Labor in Europe and Asia During the Romantic Era: Charting a Motif Across Boundaries of Culture, Place, and Time. Mellen Press

  • Other(s)

  • Stumpf, C. J. (2015). The Road of Excess: Writing Trauma in Sentimental and Gothic Texts 1740-1830.
  • Presentations

  • Stumpf, C. J. (2021). “Teaching Jamaica Kincaid” Presented at the Bentley EMS Department Teaching Controversial Material Workshop
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2018). “Teaching Through Role-Playing Games” Presented at the Bentley Learning and Teaching Council Innovations in Teaching Showcase Bentley University
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2018). “Imagined Connections: The Space of Empathy in the Undergraduate Classroom” Presented at the NeMLA The 49th Northeast Modern Language Association Convention Pittsburgh, PA
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2017). “Teaching Transamerica: Trans Bodies in the Spotlight” Presented at the NeMLA 48th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention Baltimore, MD
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2016). “Little Bee and the Violence of Empathetic Reconciliation” Presented at the NeMLA 47th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention Hartford Connecticut
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2016). “The Wisdom of Mrs. Bennet: Unlikely Sources of Insight in Jane Austen” Presented at the NeMLA 47th Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention Hartford Connecticut
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2015). “Hybridity, Trauma, and Narrative: Equiano's Gothic Narrative” Presented at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 46th ASECS Annual Meeting Los Angeles, CA
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2012). “Telling It Over, Over Again: The Castle of Wolfenbach, Traumatic Repetition, and the Failure of Closure in the Gothic Novel” Presented at the ICR International Conference on Romanticism Tempe, AZ
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2010). “Clarissa and Narrative Excess” Presented at the The Harvard Humanities Seminar on Eighteenth-Century Studies New Eyes on the Eighteenth Century Cambridge, mA
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2009). “Gothic Excess” Presented at the Northeast Modern Languages Association 40th Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language AssociationNew Boston, MA
  • Stumpf, C. J. (2008). “The ‘Voluptuous’ Language of Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya” Presented at the British Women Writers Association British Women Writers Conference Bloomington, IN
  • Service

    Department Service

  • Committee Member for Research and Pedagogy Committee 2018 - Present
  • Task Force Member for Ad-Hoc Curriculum Task Force 2019 - 2020
  • Committee Member for Pedagagy Committee 2016 - 2018
  • Committee Member for Literature and Cinema Committee 2015 - 2016
  • University Service

  • Committee Member for Gender and Sexuality Student Programs Advisory Committee 2020 - Present
  • Gender Studies Minor Coordinator 2018 - Present
  • Mentor (Faculty) for Liberal Studies Major (Media, Arts and Society) 2015 - 2021
  • Minor Representative for Undergraduate Academic Programs Fair - 2021
  • Committee Member for Selection Committee for Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 2021 - 2021
  • Committee Member for Equity Center Advisory Committee 2018 - 2019
  • Faculty Advisor for First Year Seminar Program 2016 - 2018
  • Participant for Conversation Partners Program 2015 - 2016
  • Trainee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Steering Committee - 2014