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Bob Burkholder

Associate Professor of English

419 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-9584

Office Hours:

  • FALL 2018: Tuesday, 4:15-5:15; Wednesday, 4:15-5:15; and by appointment


  1. B.A. Washington College, Chestertown, MD
  2. M.A. University of South Carolina
  3. Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Professional Bio

Bob Burkholder is a former president of the international Ralph Waldo Emerson society, and the editor or co-author of several books on Emerson and Melville. He founded the Penn State Adventure Literature Program in 2000 and has been teaching in that program since then, building it into a model for similar programs at other universities. Since 2009 he has served as the associate head of the English Department.

Areas of Specialization

American Literature Before 1900
Environmental Literature and Experiential Education