A Road Course in Early American Literature

Thomas Hallock: Travel and Teaching from Atzlán to Amherst

I work at the St. Petersburg campus of the University of South Florida, where I teach courses in American literature, early Florida, and nature writing. My childhood was peripatetic, with years in suburban Philadelphia, northeast Mississippi, and metro New York. After graduating from Dickinson College in 1987, I completed my PhD at New York University in 1995. I have lived in Florida since 2001 and am happily married to the author-scholar Julie Buckner Armstrong. Together, we have raised a son.

Previous books include From the Fallen Tree: Frontier Narratives Environmental Politics, and the Roots of a National Pastoral; Early Modern Ecostudies: From the Florentine Codex to Shakespeare (co-edited with Karen Raber & E.G. Kamps); William Bartram’s Manuscripts, the Search for Nature’s Design: Selected Art, Letters, and Unpublished Writings (co-edited with Nancy E. Hoffmann); and John and William Bartram: Travels on the St. Johns River (co-edited with Richard Franz). My current projects include a selected translation of Alonso Gregorio de Escobedo’s epic poem La Florida, and walking the Florida Trail. Follow me on Facebook or on Twitter @tbhallock.


‘…but enough about me’ 

Super writer and former student Resie Waechter got me all embarrassed with this Creative Loafing piece, Dr. Thomas Hallock Has Changed Countless Students’ Lives (Oct. 2020).

Loved talking teaching and research over a local beer at the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library podcast series, “Faculty on Tap.”


Tickled pink to be “Scholar of the Month” (June 2020) for my home organization, the Society of Early Americanists.

My friend Jeff Klinkenberg profiles me alongside William Bartram for the Tampa Bay Times, Natural Kinship of Solitary Seekers (Oct. 2010).