Todd S. Gernes


Todd S. Gernes joined the Stonehill community in 2008 to direct the Cornerstone Program of General Education and to teach in History, American Studies, and Writing.  With a focus on outcomes-based assessment and faculty development, Dr. Gernes led a comprehensive review and revision of general education at Stonehill and, as Writing Program Director, implemented a new writing requirement featuring writing-intensive first-year seminars and writing-in-the-disciplines courses.   Dr. Gernes also coordinates Stonehill’s signature learning communities, which emphasize integrative and experiential learning.

 Dr. Gernes teaches a variety of courses in History, American Studies, and Writing and pursues scholarly work in a variety of fields. In addition to book chapters in Art History and Literacy Studies, Gernes has published scholarly articles and book reviews in MELUS, The New England Quarterly, The African American Review, and The Winterthur Portfolio. Present work includes a scholarly edition of literary correspondence of feminist public intellectual Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935); a cultural-biographical study of Boston poet Charles Hammond Gibson, Jr. (1874-1954); and a scholarly article about perceptions and theories about writing and writing instruction at Stonehill College, 1948 – present.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in American Civilization, Brown University
  • Master of Arts in American Civilization, Brown University
  • Master of Arts in American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Courses Taught

  • The Art of the Essay
  • Writing and Peer Consulting
  • The Guitar in American Culture
  • The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
  • Literature and Environment