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Paul Schacht

Professor of English
Welles 222B

Paul Schacht received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and became a member of the Geneseo faculty in 1985. Schacht is interested in Victorian literature as well as digital humanities courses. In the fall of 2017, he co-taught a digital humanities course through the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges titled Into the Woods. He serves as the director of Digital Thoreau, an effort in collaboration with the Thoreau Society and the Walden Woods Project to promote scholarly and public engagement with the works of Henry David Thoreau. For more information on Digital Thoreau, follow the Twitter account, or read the story about it in USA Today. Schacht has received two Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence, one in teaching and the other in faculty service.

In addition to teaching courses, Schacht currently serves as the Assistant to the Provost for Digital Learning and Scholarship. In 2017, he organized the annual Harding Lecture at Geneseo and invited Bill McKibben to serve as the guest lecturer.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • "In Pursuit of Pickwick's Hat: Dickens and the Epistemology of Utilitarianism," Dickens Studies Annual. 40 (2009)

  • "Rowing Alone: Technology and Democracy in the Humanities Classroom," International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, 4 (2008), 61-68.

  • "The Collaborative Writing Project," in Using Wiki in Education, ed. Stewart L. Mader

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  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1997
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service, 2007


  • ENGL 367: Con-ModLit:VictorianConnexions

    A study of selected Anglophone literary texts written between 1660 and 1900 focusing on the dynamic relationship between individual works and the broader culture from which they emerge. The course emphasizes historical, political and social events through which this literature was produced; the development of genres and poetics over time; and important changes in language. Representative offerings include: Poetry of the Augustan Age; Victorian Comedy; Literature of 19th Century Social Reform; Napoleon in British Literature; Antebellum Literature; Silver Fork Fiction; Virtual Thoreau; Transatlantic Romantic Prose. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisite: ENGL 203. Offered at least once a year.