Faculty Directory
Cynthia Wachtell


Research Professor of American Studies; Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program


BA, Yale University,

MA, Yale University,

AM, Harvard University,

PhD, Harvard University,

Dr. Cynthia Wachtell, the founding director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program and a research professor of American Studies, earned her PhD in the History of American Civilization and an AM in English at Harvard University. She jointly earned an MA and a BA, summa cum laude, from Yale University in American Studies.

Her academic field of expertise is American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. In addition to teaching at Yeshiva University, she has taught at Harvard University, The New School for Social Research, and Fordham University.

She is the editor of The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I, for which she wrote an extended introduction and the first biography of Ellen N. La Motte. She is also author of the path-breaking study War No More: The Antiwar Impulse In American Literature, 1861-1914 and assorted articles about American literature and about war writing.


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Spring 2020
American Playwrights / Plays


Fall 2019
Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 1100


Spring 2019
Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 1100


Fall 2018
Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 1100


Spring 2018
Jewish American Literature
ENGL 3921


Fall 2017
Freshman Honors Seminar
ENGL 1200H


Spring 2017
Lit Culture of the Amer City
ENGL 2800