Gary Totten

Professor of English
Editor-in-Chief, MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States
Expertise: Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century U.S. Literature, Multi-ethnic U.S. Literature, Travel Writing, Material Culture


Gary Totten is a professor in the Department of English, and editor-in-chief of the journal MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States.

He is the author of African American Travel Narratives from Abroad: Mobility and Cultural Work in the Age of Jim Crow (2015), coeditor of Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing (2015), and editor of Memorial Boxes and Guarded Interiors: Edith Wharton and Material Culture (2007).

His articles on late 19th- and 20th-century U.S. literature, multi-ethnic literature, and travel writing have appeared in African American Review, American Indian Quarterly, American Literary Realism, MELUS, Studies in Travel Writing, and Twentieth-Century Literature, among other journals and essay collections.



  • Ph.D., English, Ball State University
  • M.A., English, Brigham Young University
  • B.A., Humanities, Brigham Young University

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