Senior Lecturer

Deb Noel earned a B.A. in English from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1991) and a  Ph.D. in American Literature, Rhetoric and Composition from The University of Georgia (2003). She has been teaching classes in composition, American literature, race and ethnicity in American literature, nineteenth century fiction, modern novel, women's literature and the short story at UVM since 2003.

Deb's research interests span American literature with a particular focus on nineteenth and twentieth century fiction and narratology. Her dissertation examines works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison with a special focus on fiction as historiography. More recent work applies "possible worlds" theory from narratological studies to the fiction of Junot Diaz and Judith Cofer. 



“Caribbean Book Nerds: Recentering to Possible Worlds in Judith Cofer and Junot Diaz.”Narrative, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S., Ohio State University Press, 2017.
"Janet Emig"Reference Essay, Twentieth Century Rhetorics and Rhetoricians, Greenwood Press, 2000.
"The Fly," "The Chimney Sweeper (Innocence)," "The Chimney Sweeper (Experience)," "The Human Abstract"Comprehensive Annotated Bibliographies, Blake Digital Text Project, a web publication, 1995.


Awards and Recognition

Nominated, Kroepsch-Maurice Teaching Award, UVM, 2006
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia, 1998.
Member, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.
Massachusetts State Honor Scholar, 1987-1991.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

American literature, race and ethnicity in U.S. literature and culture, Women in literature 


  • Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2003


Office Location:

435 Old Mill

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

  • American Literature
  • Women in Literature
  • 19th Century American Fiction
  • Introduction to Fiction
  • Race & Ethnic Literary Studies
  • Written Expression