Alice Knox Eaton, PhD
Professor of English
BA, Oberlin College, 1981
MA, University of Massachusetts, 1996
PhD, University of Massachusetts, 1998
Alice Knox Eaton joined Springfield College in 2000. Her teaching responsibilities include College Writing, African American Literature, Post-Colonial Literature, and Women and Literature. She has also taught a senior seminar for English majors on Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, as well as courses in World Literature and American Drama.
Eaton has written academic articles and personal essays on life in academia for publications such as ARIEL and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She has presented papers at several conferences sponsored by the Toni Morrison Society. She is also a playwright and has had her work staged at the Women’s Project and Productions in New York City and at the Yale School of Drama. In addition, she is a contributor to the African-American National Biography project at Harvard University (Oxford University Press), with entries on literary figures William Wells Brown, Pauline Hopkins, Ntozake Shange, Sonia Sanchez, and Alice Dunbar-Nelson, as well as the leader of a 1712 slave rebellion named Coffee; hip-hop artist Chuck D; Phebe Jacobs, a woman widely believed to have inspired the character of Uncle Tom in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and Mary Prince, the first woman to publish a slave narrative. Professor Eaton is currently working on a memoir about her mother and aunt, Ellen Matteson Knox and Sarah Matteson Mitchell, pioneering women in the sciences in the 1950s and 1960s.