Bryan Alkemeyer

Bryan Alkemeyer

Assistant Professor

Department/Affiliation: English, Comparative Literature, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 330-263-2506
Office Address: 222 Kauke
Curriculum Vitae (CV)


  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2005
  • M.A., Cornell University, 2009
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2012

Courses Taught

  • English 120:  Animals in Literature
  • English 200:  Introduction to Theory
  • English/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 210:  Sex and Gender in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
  • English/Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 220:  "I am not what I am":  Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class on Shakespeare's Stage
  • English 240:  Mimic Forms: Imitative Literature in the Eighteenth Century
  • English 300: Reinventing Species, Sex and Race
  • English 401:  Advanced Theory/Junior Independent Study
  • First-Year Seminar:  Animals, Monsters, and Aliens


  • “Remembering the Elephant: Animal Reason before the Eighteenth Century,” 30 pages (including notes), PMLA, accepted
  • “The Natural History of the Houyhnhnms: Noble Horses in Gulliver’s Travels,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 57, no. 1 (2016): 23–37
  • "Rational Elephants or Hominoid Apes:  Which is Early Modern?," with Laura Brown, Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 13, no. 4 (2013): 6168

Research Interests

My research specialties include early modern and eighteenth-century literature, animal studies, and the history of the life sciences. I am currently working on a book called "Shapes of Reason: Animals, Metamorphoses, and Natural History before the Rise of the Ape." This project shows how the anthropoid ape's position as most human-like animal was once occupied by a range of creatures with non-human shapes: the rational elephant, indulgent pig, political honeybee, and noble horse.