- African American and African Diaspora Literature
- American Literature and Culture
- Children’s Literature and Culture
- Gender and Sexuality Studies
Dr. Hodgson specializes in antebellum American and African-American literature. Her research and teaching interests include childhood studies, literatures of American slavery, transatlantic romanticism, the bildungsroman, and theories of human development.
Peer Reviewed Works:
- “Age of Consent: Slavery, Seduction, and American Girlhood.” Under review.
- “‘A Young and Unprotected Woman in Her First Entrance into Life’: Age and Sexual Consent in Charlotte Temple.” Under review.
- “Infant Muse: Phillis Wheatley and the Revolutionary Rhetoric of Childhood” Early American Literature 49.3 (2014): 663-682.
- “Childhood of the Race: Towards a Critical Childhood Studies” in The Children’s Table: Childhood Studies and the New Humanities.
Ed. Anna Mae Duane (University of Georgia Press, 2013), 38-51.
- Raised in Captivity: Why Does America Fail Its Children? (St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1997).
- “Op-Ed: Work Outranks Children: Putting More Poor Kids in Child Care May Benefit our Family-Hostile Economy, But It’s Not What’s Best for Them,” Los Angeles Times, May 21, 1997.
Works in Progress:
- Article: “Criminal or Captive?: The Childhood Origins of Violence in The Confessions of Nat Turner and Walter Dean Myers’ Monster
- Monograph: “Age of Discretion: Slavery, Criminality and American Boyhood”