Professor and Director of The Buckham Overseas Study Program and Graduate Program Director

Originally from Britain, Helen C. Scott received the BA from the University of Essex and the PhD from Brown University before joining the faculty at the University of Vermont, where her primary area of teaching is global Anglophone literature.

Her research contributes to the materialist presence within postcolonial studies, developing historically informed readings of contemporary literary works; her particular areas of specialization are the transnational novel, Caribbean literature, global appropriations of Shakespeare’s Tempest, and the continued relevance of the theoretical contributions of Rosa Luxemburg. This work has been published in journals such as Callaloo, Journal of Haitian Studies, New Formations, Postcolonial Text, Socialist Studies, and Works and Days, and in several edited collections. She is author of Caribbean Women Writers and Globalization: Fictions of Independence (Ashgate, 2006); editor of The Essential Rosa Luxemburg (Haymarket Books, 2008); and co-editor, with Paul LeBlanc, of an anthology of Luxemburg’s writings, Socialism or Barbarism (Pluto Press, 2010). Her book The Storm of History: Shakespeare’s Tempest and Capitalism is under contract with Routledge. She directs the Buckham Overseas Study Program, which allows UVM English majors to study at the University of Kent at Canterbury in England, and is currently Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department.

Research and/or Creative Works



Biography of Rosa Luxemburg. Pluto Press, 2021.



cover of Shakespeare's Tempest and Capitalism by Helen ScottShakespeare’s Tempest and Capitalism: The Storm of History. London: Routledge, 2019.
cover of Socialism or Barbarism: a Rosa Luxemburg Anthology edited by Paul Le Blanc and Helen ScottEdited, with Paul Le Blanc. Socialism or Barbarism: a Rosa Luxemburg Anthology. London: Pluto, 2010.
cover of Caribbean Women Writers and Globalization: Fictions of Independence by Helen ScottCaribbean Women Writers and Globalization: Fictions of Independence. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate, 2006.


Selected Articles and Chapters

“Capitalism in ‘all corners of the earth’: Luxemburg and Globalization."New Formations 94. Rosa Luxemburg: Capitalism, Imperialism, and the Postcolonial. Felippo Menozzi and Jeremy Gilbert, eds. (Autumn 2018): 23-42.

Awards and Recognition

Graduate Student Senate Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2015
Lattie F. Coor International Travel Grant, 2012
English Graduate Students Best Professor Award, 2009
Dean’s Fund International Travel Grant 2002, 2005


Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Post Colonialism, Caribbean anglophone, 20th-century British literature, Marxist theory


  • Ph.D. Brown University, 1996


Office Location:

402 Old Mill

Office Hours:

Fall 2021 - Monday 1-3 pm and by appointment

Courses Taught

  • Critical Approaches to Literature
  • Post-colonial Literature
  • Colonial/Post-Colonial Literature
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Topics in Literature & War
  • Contemporary Anglophone Global Literature
  • Edward Said
  • Caribbean Literature
  • Immigrant Writers