Kacy Tillman


(813) 257-1706




401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606

Building Location

PH 242

Meet Kacy Tillman

Co-Director/Honors Program; Associate Professor, English


2001 Baylor University, B.A.
2004 Baylor University, M.A.
2008 University of Mississippi, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: Sex and Seduction in the Early American Republic
Literature of the Early American Republic
The Nineteenth-Century Novel
The Alternative American Renaissance
Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution
The “F” Word: Origins of American Feminism
Survey of American Literature to the Civil War
Academic Writing and Research

Career Specialties: Kacy Dowd Tillman researches loyalist women writers of the American Revolution. Her area of specialty is eighteenth century manuscript culture, specifically letter-writing and diary-keeping. Her book, Stripped: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution (University of Massachusetts Press, 2019), is about how women used letters, journals and letter journals to construct and distribute their own definitions of loyalty during the war. Tillman also researches loyalty, neutrality, disaffection and pacifism in the late eighteenth century. She has also published on early American literature (particularly sentimental fiction) and manuscript culture more broadly in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, Southern Studies, Literature of the Early American Republic, Legacy, American Literary History and Early American Literature. She is a subject editor for Age of Revolutions.

Professional and Community Activities: Books

Stripped and Script: Loyalist Women Writers of the American Revolution, Boston: University of
Massachusetts Press (2019). ISBN: 978-1-62534-432-8

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals and Books

“Constructing Female Loyalism.” The Consequences of Loyalism: Essays in Honors of Robert
Calhoon. Eds. Rebecca Brannon and Joseph Moore. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2019.

“Paper Bodies: Letters and Letter-Writing in the Early American Novel.” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. 35.2 (2016): 123-144.

“Women Left Behind: Female loyalism, coverture, and Grace Growden Galloway’s Empire of
Self” in Women’s Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire
Eds. Mary Balkun and Susan Imbarrato. New York: Palgrave, 2016. ISBN: 9781137559906

“Eliza Lucas Pinckney as Cultural Broker: Reconsidering a South Carolinian Legacy.” Southern Studies. 18.2 (Fall-Winter 2011): 49-65.

“The Epistolary Salon: Examining Eighteenth-Century American Letter-Writing as a Vehicle for Female Political Engagement.” Literature of the Early American Republic. 3 (2011): 62 – 80.

Magazine Articles

Column: Having it All? for Creative Loafing

I forgot the Juice Box at the Rally Against Racism

Is Anxiety the New Hysteria?

An Afternoon at Aldi in the Apocalypse

Ashes to Ashes: A Mom Reflects on the Parkland Massacre


Review of Kelroy by Rebecca Rush. Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, 35.1 (2018):

Review of The Edinburgh Companion to Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-
Writing, Ed. by Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judie Newman, and Matthew Pethers. American Literary History. (2017). https://academic.oup.com/alh/pages/alh_review_series_9

“A Nation Apart, Together,” review of Holy Nation: The Transatlantic Quaker Ministry in an Age of Revolution. By Sarah Crabtree. Common-Place. 17.2.5 (2017). http://common- place.org/book/a-nation-apart-together/

Review of Letters and Cultural Transformations in the United States, 1760 – 1860. Ed. by Theresa Strouth Gaul and Sharon M. Harris. Early American Literature. 47.1 (2012): 239-242.

Electronic Publications

“Writing Rape in the American Revolution,” Sexing Histories of Revolution Roundtable, Age of Revolutions, April 17, 2017. https://ageofrevolutions.com/2017/04/17/writing-rape-in- the-american-revolution/

“Loyalist Women and the Fight for the Right to Entry,” Age of Revolutions, March 14, 2016. https://ageofrevolutions.com/2016/03/14/loyalist-women-and-the-fight-for-the-right-to- entry/

“Filial Piety in The History of Constantius and Pulchera.” Just Teach One Teaching Series.
Common-Place. 13 June 2013. http://www.common-place.org/justteachone/?p=192.

“What is a Female Loyalist?” Common-Place. 13.4 (2013). http://www.common-place.org/ vol-13/no-04/tillman/