College of Arts and Sciences

Tim Helwig Timothy Helwig


19th-Century American Literature, African-American Literature, and Antebellum Print Culture


Ph.D., English, University of Maryland, 2006
M.A., English, Miami University of Ohio, 1997
B.A., English, Gettysburg College, 1992



Timothy Helwig is a Professor in the Department of English at Western Illinois University. He specializes in 19th-century American literature and antebellum print culture, with an emphasis on working-class identity and cross-racial sympathy in the works of Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, Frederick Douglass, William Wells Brown, and Frank J. Webb. He has held visiting research fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society and the Library Company of Philadelphia, and his essays can be found in American StudiesAmerican Periodicals, and the  Cambridge History of American Crime Fiction.

His book-length study, Cross-Racial Class Protest in Antebellum American Literature, which analyzes the shared strategies of class protest in a wide range of popular and canonical texts by antebellum white and black American authors, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in April 2020.

Timothy serves as the Midwestern Regent for Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society (2014-2022).

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