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Marlene Tromp

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Marlene Tromp is Professor of English and Women and Gender Studies, Dean of Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and Vice Provost of ASU's West Campus.

Tromp is the author of Altered States: Sex, Nation, Drugs, and Self-Transformation in Victorian Spiritualism (SUNY, 2006) and The Private Rod: Sexual Violence, Marriage, and the Law in Victorian England (UP Virginia, 2000), as well as of several articles on nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has also edited or co-edited and contributed to Fear and Loathing: Victorian Xenophobia (Ohio State UP, forthcoming) Victorian Freaks: The Social Context of Freakery in the Nineteenth Century (Ohio State UP, 2007), Mary Elizabeth Braddon: Beyond Sensation (SUNY 2000).  She has another book under review, Force of Habit: Life and Death on the Titanic, and is working on a new project on murder between sexually intimate people in the nineteenth century, Intimate Murder:  Sex and Death in the Nineteenth Century.  

Tromp has received significant teaching awards at every institution where she has been in the classroom.  At Denison University, she was awarded the prestigious Charles Brickman Award for outstanding teaching and scholarship.  During her tenure at Denison, she was also named Teacher of the Year by Prevent Abuse and Violence Education Association (PAVE) and was twice named a Mortar Board Outstanding Professor.  In the course of her graduate studies, she received the Student-Centered Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, and the Faculty Champion of Women’s Rights Award.

Tromp brought to ASU experience in committed leadership across the disciplines.  At ASU, she has developed a multi-campus series of events considering the work of social critic, bell hooks; a campus-wide series on “War and Peace,” an innovative new College writing program with the Director of FYC; and a faculty writing support program.  In previous posts, she has chaired Faculty Development Committee, designed to support teaching, scholarship, and service at the college.  She has been Chair of Women’s Studies, a core member of an active and thriving community of interdisciplinary programs; a founding and long-term member the Queer Studies committee; a founding member of the Provost’s Diversity Advisory Council; a founding faculty member for the Faculty of Color and International Faculty Group; and Vice Chair and Chair of the general faculty.  Nationally, she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association and presently serves as that organization’s Vice President.  In her work as an administrator, she has sought to support and develop faculty and student initiatives and talent and to reach out to the community to develop collaborative relationships. 

  • Marlene Tromp. Mrs. Henry Wood, East Lynne. A Companion to Sensation Fiction (2011).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 597Graduate Capstone Seminar
Fall 2016
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ENG 590Reading and Conference
Fall 2015
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ENG 430Studies Victorian Lit/Culture
ENG 598Special Topics
Summer 2014
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FOR 394Special Topics
ENG 394Special Topics
  • Marlene Tromp. Criminal Networks: The Story of Murder Goes Viral. North American Victorian Studies Association (Oct 2012).
  • Marlene Tromp. Murder, Self-Deception, and the Social ‘Value’ of Lying. Lying: The Making of the World (Oct 2012).
  • Marlene Tromp. Nancy, Edwin Drood, and Harriet Buswell: ‘The Dickensian Effect’ and (Real) Murder Stories. Dickens Project (Jun 2012).
  • Marlene Tromp. Rules for Murder: Stories in the Fiction and the News in 19th Century England. Narrative International Conference (Mar 2012).
  • Marlene Tromp. Haunted: Victorian Murderers and Their Ghosts. Nineteenth Century Studies Association (Mar 2012).
  • Marlene Tromp. Murder for the Masses: Replaying ‘Failure of Restraint’ for the British Public. North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) (Nov 2011).
  • Marlene Tromp. Queer Victorians. Project Narrative Symposium (May 2011).
  • Marlene Tromp. Wills and Testaments: The Politics of Foreign Investment. Nineteenth Century Studies Association Conference (NCSA) (Mar 2011).
  • Marlene Tromp. Queer Curiosities: East Lynne, Economics, and Erotics,. 18th- and 19th-Century British Women Writer’s Conference (BWWC) (Mar 2011).
  • Marlene Tromp. Geology and Temporality: Masculinity in the Dinosaur Hunt. Modern Language Association (Jan 2011).
  • Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Director (2011 - Present)
  • School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies, Director (2011 - Present)
  • North American Victorian Studies Association, Board Member (2012 - 2013)
  • Project Humanities, New College representative (2012 - 2013)
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Vice President (2011 - 2013)
  • North American Victorian Studies Association, Board Member (2011 - 2012)
  • Project Humanities, New College representative (2011 - 2012)
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, Program Director (2010 - 2011)