Sarah F. Gracombe


Sarah Gracombe is a Professor of English and the Faculty Director of the IDEAS (Integrating Democratic Education at Stonehill) Program. Her teaching and research interests include Victorian representations of national identity, race, gender, psychology, and religion, particularly constructions of Jewishness.

This research has been supported by organizations including the Whiting Foundation, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the University of Pennsylvania's Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Nineteenth-Century Literature, Philological Quarterly, Prooftexts,Victorian Periodical Review, and Literature Compass, the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, as well as the collections George Du Maurier: Illustrator, Author, Critic (Ashgate 2016) and the forthcoming Bastards and Believers: Jewish Converts and Conversion from the Bible to the Present (University of Pennsylvania Press). Her current project is Reimagining Ruth: the Book of Ruth in English and American Culture, 1800-1940.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 2005
  • B.A., Brown University, 1995


  • Faculty Advisor to Stonehill’s English Society and founder of the annual Undergraduate Literature Conference with Bridgewater State College and University of Massachusetts Boston (2005-2015)
  • Fellow, the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2010-11)
  • Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Doctoral Grant (2004)
  • Whiting Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2004)
  • SURE grants for summer research collaborations with students (2009, 2013, 2016)

Courses Taught

  • Fictions of Englishness
  • Crimes and Misdemeanors in Victorian Literature and Culture
  • The British Novel and Psychology, 1800-1920
  • “Hunger, Rebellion, and Rage”: The Woman Question in British Literature, 1800-1930
  • Jane Austen, 1775-2012
  • Fictions of Jewishness and Englishness
  • Americans Abroad
  • Democratic Education (IDEAS seminar)