Sarah E. Chinn teaches American Literatures and Cultures in the English Department at Hunter College, CUNY.

Her work primarily explores questions of race, sexuality, and gender in U.S. literature and culture, particularly in the 19th century. She teaches a wide range of courses from Nineteenth Century Women Writers to Early American Drama to Literary Theory to Post-1945 Queer Narratives.  She is the author of Technology and the Logic of American Racism: A Cultural History of the Body as Evidence (Continuum, 2000), Inventing Modern Adolescence: Children of Immigrants in Turn-of-the-Century America (Rutgers University Press, 2008), and Spectacular Men: Race, Gender, and Nation on the Early American Stage, 1780-1840 (Oxford University Press, 2017), the winner of the 2018 George Freedley Memorial Award for an exemplary work in the field of live theatre or performance, awarded by the Theatre Library Association and a Choice Outstanding Academic Title.  She was awarded the American Literature Society’s 1921 Prize for best article in American literature in 2020. Her most recent book, Disability, the Body, and Radical Intellectuals in the Literature of the Civil War and Reconstruction is in production at Cambridge University Press.

From 2007 to 2011, she was the Executive Director of  CLAGS: A Center for LGBT Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. From 2014 to 2021 she chaired the Hunter College English Department.

Since May 2023 she has served as Chair of the Hunter College Senate. Currently she is the co-editor, with Brigitte Fielder, of J19: The Journal of the Society of 19th Century Americanists.

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