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 an Associate 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 such authors as Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, and Frank 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 Studies, American Periodicals, and the Cambridge History of American Crime Fiction.

Timothy serves as the Midwestern Regent for Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society (2014-2022), and the Treasurer for the Research Society for American Periodicals (2015-2021).