Faculty Biographies

Thomas Hallock

Thomas Hallock

Professor of English


Office: Davis 257
Phone: 727-873-4954



Thomas Hallock teaches American literature and nature writing. His academic specialties include environmental humanities, early American literature, literary criticism and narrative nonfiction. Hallock began his scholarship focused on nature writing in the early American republic, produced a documentary edition of the papers of naturalist William Bartram and is currently working on a translation of the three epic poems, tentatively titled "The Epic of Florida." As the former Frank E. Duckwall Professor of Florida Studies, Hallock helps direct the Florida Studies Program.

Hallock has twice represented USF’s St. Petersburg campus internationally as a Fulbright scholar, teaching African American literature at Xi`an International Studies University in China in 2014 and nature writing at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla in Mexico in 2019. In 2017 he received the College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Hallock teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in nature writing, American literature and early Florida literature among others. He is the author of “From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives, Environmental Politics and the Roots of a National Pastoral,” and the co-editor of “John and William Bartram: Travels on the St. Johns River,” “Early Modern Ecostudies: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare” and “William Bartram, the Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters and Unpublished Manuscripts.” He has published numerous scholarly articles, as well as articles on nature writing and academia at publications like Inside Higher Ed and Creative Loafing. For more on his fusion scholarly-creative work, see his recent books, "A Road Course in Early American Literature: Travel and Teaching from Atzlan to Amherst," and "Happy Neighborhood, essays and poems."

Learn more about Hallock’s research and publications.


  • M.A., New York University
  • Ph.D., New York University