Wesleyan portrait of Sean  McCann

Sean McCann

Kenan Professor of the Humanities

116 Mt. Vernon Street, 205

Professor of English

285 Court Street,


BA Georgetown University
PHD CUNY The Graduate Center

Sean McCann

Sean McCann studies late-nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and its relation to contemporaneous political development. He is the author of A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Gumshoe America: Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism (Duke University Press, 2000), which received honorable mention for the America Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize for the best book in American Studies. His essays have appeared in American Quarterly, The Common Review, ELH, Radical History Review, Twentieth-Century Literature, Studies in American Fiction, the Yale Journal of Criticism, and several edited volumes.

Sean McCann received his B.A. from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center. 

Academic Affiliations

Office Hours

Fall 2021:

MW 10:00-noon

TTH 1:00 - 2:00 pm

and by appt

285 Court St., rm 209 or by Zoom


Fall 2022
ENGL 150F - 01
American Crazy (FYS)

ENGL 201E - 01
Ways of Reading: Gifts, Debts

ENGL 201O - 01
Ways of Reading

Spring 2023
ENGL 204A - 01
American Literature, 1865-1945

ENGL 388 - 01
Calderwood Seminar: The 1960s