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.
Scott’s 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 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); The Storm of History: Shakespeare’s Tempest and Capitalism (Routledge, 2019); editor of The Essential Rosa Luxemburg (Haymarket Books, 2008); and co-editor, with Paul LeBlanc, of Socialism or Barbarism: Rosa Luxemburg (Pluto Press, 2010). She is currently editing Volume 5 of the Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg (Verso Press, forthcoming). She directs the Buckham Overseas Study Program, which allows UVM English majors to attend the University of Kent at Canterbury in England, and is currently Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department.