Faculty Biographies

Regina Hewitt



Office: CPR 325
Phone: 813/974-9514
Email: rhewitt@usf.edu


Regina Hewitt earned her Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A. from Columbia University after completing a B.A. at Rutgers University. Upon receipt of her doctorate in 1987, she joined the faculty at USF.

Hewitt specializes in the literature and social theory of the Romantic Era; in the history of literary criticism, with particular attention to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and to social and ecocriticism; in the history and problems of disciplinarity; and in Scottish Studies. Her range of interests is reflected in the titles (below) of selected recent publications.

Selected Publications

  • Commemorating Peterloo: Violence, Resilience and Claim-making during the Romantic Era. Co-edited with Michael Demson. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2019. Publication is timed to occur during the year of the Peterloo Bicentenary.
  • “Patrick Geddes (1854-1932).” Biographical essay emphasizing Evergreen. The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Toronto: Ryerson U, 2016. N.pag. http://www.1890s.ca
  • “Maria Edgeworth’s Harrington as a Utopian Novel.” Studies in the Novel 46.3 (2014): 293-314.
  • John Galt: Observations and Conjectures on Literature, History, and Society. Solely edited volume. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2012. Includes Introduction and essay “John Galt, Harriet Martineau, and the Role of the Social Theorist” by Hewitt.
  • “Treason, Sedition and Reform: The Scottish Trials and Joanna Baillie’s Ethwald.” Scottish Literary Review l.2 (2009): 1-19.
  • Utopianism and Joanna Baillie. Solely edited volume. Romantic Circles Praxis Series. 2008. http://www.rc.umd.edu/praxis/. Includes Introduction and essay “Joanna Baillie’s Ecotopian Comedies” by Hewitt.
  • Symbolic Interactions: Social Problems and Literary Interventions in the Works of Baillie, Scott, and Landor. Solely authored book. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell UP, 2006.

Professional Activities

Hewitt currently serves as a Consulting Editor for the European Romantic Review, a journal she co-edited from 2003 to 2016. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the Edinburgh University Press Edition of the Selected Works of John Galt.

Work in Progress

Hewitt is currently preparing an edition of Lawrie Todd for the Edinburgh University Press Edition of the Works of John Galt. Other projects include studies of Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic-era social theory and utopianism.

Graduate Supervision

Graduate students with interests in the Romantic Era, Scottish Studies, or related historical, social and ecological criticism are welcome to email her about their proposed projects.


Ph.D., M. Phil., M.A., Columbia University

area of specialty

British romanticism and Scottish studies; 18th- & 19th-century literary & social criticism; ecocriticism; disciplinarity