Research Associate Professor of American Studies; Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program
Dr. Cynthia Wachtell, the founding director of the S. Daniel Abraham Honors Program and a research associate 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.