Robert Habich
Robert Habich
Professor Emeritus of English
Curriculum Vitae

Robert D. Habich taught nineteenth-century American literature, biography writing, and literary research methods at Ball State for 33 years. The author or editor of five academic books and numerous scholarly articles and presentations, he is the Past President of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society, which awarded him its Distinguished Achievement Award in 2014.

Professional Experience

Professor of English

Ball State University (Associate, 1987-92; Assistant, 1984-87)

2008 Interim Chairperson

Department of English, Ball State University

Acting Dean

Graduate School, Ball State University, 1996-98

Director of Graduate Programs in English

Ball State University, 1987-96


Ph.D. in English

Pennsylvania State University, 1982

M.A. in English

Colorado State University, 1976

B.A. in English

SUNY at Stony Brook, 1973

Research and Publications

Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, ed. with introduction and notes. Peterborough, Ontario, Canada: Broadview Press, 2018.

"Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Transcendentalism," in American Literary Scholarship 2014: An Annual, ed. David J. Nordloh. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2016, pp. 3-20.

“An ‘Extempore Adventurer’ in Italy: Emerson as International Tourist” in A Power to Translate the World: New Essays on Emerson and International Culture, ed. David LaRocca and Ricardo Miguel-Alfonso. Hanover, NH: Dartmouth College Press, 2015, pp. 97-112.

“Biography,” in Ralph Waldo Emerson in Context, ed. Wesley T. Mott. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 257-264.

Building Their Own Waldos: Emerson’s First Biographers and the Politics of Life-Writing in the Gilded Age. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2011.

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