English faculty

Ann E. Lundberg, Ph.D.

Professor of English
Department Chair

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., University of Notre Dame
BA (English), BSc (geology), University of Wyoming



Dr. Lundberg teaches American literature through the Civil War, Native American literature, and rhetorical studies. Her research examines the literary representation of geology in 19th-century America. More generally, she is interested in how scientific and descriptive writing about the American West contribute to a rhetoric of national identity.

Dr. Lundberg is currently working on a book-length study of the writings of 19th-century geologists. She is also interested in environmental literature, nature writing and ecocriticism, and has presented at conferences for Western American Literature and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment. Since 1993, she has worked as a seasonal park ranger for the National Park Service, in which capacity she continues to teach and write about geology.

Dr. Lundberg was on sabbatical during the 2013-14 academic year, focusing on her interests in Thoreau and geology. She also taught environmental literature at the Creation Care Institute in New Zealand.


  • The Other America

    The Other America

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) America is home to a variety of peoples and literatures; this course focuses on the development of literatures produced by those outside the Anglo-European tradition whose experiences tell a different story about America. The goal of the course is to enrich students' views of the content of American Literature and to familiarize them with a culture or cultures with which they may not be conversant. The course may be taught as African American, Native American, Asian American, or Hispanic American literature. Alternatively, the instructor may choose to focus on literatures in contact and conflict with one another, for example, the turbulent confluence of Native American, Anglo, and Hispanic Literatures of Nueva España. Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
  • Special Topics in Rhetoric

    Special Topics in Rhetoric

    (2-4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) Specific subject matter of this course will vary from semester to semester, but will always focus on an issue in rhetorical studies or a genre of writing. Courses with writing as their emphasis will include both readings and student writing within the genre.
  • College Writing

    College Writing

    (4 credits) An introduction to academic writing, emphasizing the writing process. Students learn strategies for pre-writing, drafting, and revising of expository essays. The course includes analysis of model essays and discussion of model essays and an introduction to research-based writing.
  • The Rhetoric of Persuasion

    The Rhetoric of Persuasion

    (4 credits) A study of the methods of persuasion: logical and emotional appeals and trustworthiness, ways of structuring arguments, and persuasive style. Students will learn to create and critique arguments on a variety of subjects. Prerequisites: sophomore class standing or permission of instructor.
  • American Literature I

    American Literature I

    (4 credits, alternate years, consult department) A study of prose and poetry in the United States from America's beginnings through the end of the Civil War. The course will focus on the works of Colonial and Romantic writers and the literatures of Native and African Americans. Special attention will be given to defining the qualities and concerns that make this literature distinctively "American." Prerequisite: ENG250LC.
  • History and Theory of Rhetoric

    History and Theory of Rhetoric

    (4 credits) Designed to provide solid grounding in Greek and Roman rhetorical theory and practice including studies in pre-literate rhetoric and the theories of Aristotle and Plato, among others. Some attention is also given to the Christianizing of rhetorical theory during the Middle Ages. Finally, the course concludes with the examination of trends in contemporary rhetoric studies and topical applications. Prerequisite: junior class standing, ENG235 recommended.
  • Special Topics in Literature and Culture

    Special Topics in Literature and Culture

    (4 credits, non-yearly, consult department) In this seminar we analyze interpretive problems in literature and their relation to cultural theories and conditions. Particular attention is given to questions germane to Christian experience and thought.


  • “Casa Grande, the Ruin of Expectations” Western American Literature 42.3 Fall 2007: 222-52.
  • “‘The Ruins of a Bygone Geologic Empire’: Clarence King and the Place of the Primitive in the Evolution of American Identity.” ATQ Special Issue: Adventure and Exploration. New Series 18.3 (Sept. 2004): 179-203.
  • "Yosemite's Castaway Book: John Muir and the Troubling Geology of Native America." Western American Literature 36.1 (Spring 2001): 25-55.
  • “Exploring the Linguistic Wilderness of The Maine Woods.” Reading the Earth: New Directions in the Study of Literature and the Environment. Ed. Michael P. Branch, Rochelle Johnson, Daniel Patterson, and Scott Slovic. U of Idaho P, 1998. 194-210.
  • “Towards a Thesis-based Interpretation” Legacy: The Magazine for the National Association for Interpretation 8.2 (March/April 1997): 14-17.

Professional experience

  • Seasonal Interpretive Ranger, National Park Service at Natural Bridges National Monument, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Hovenweep National Monument, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and most recently at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. Teaching Assistant and Instructor, University of Notre Dame


  • Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE)
  • Western American Literature Association,
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies Association,
  • Orange City Fire Department Volunteer


  • 2013-2014 Sabbatical, Northwestern College. 

    2006-07 John Topham and Susan Redd Butler Faculty Fellowship Award, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Brigham Young University for the research project: “Uplift and Erosion: The geological origins of 19th-century American landscape, culture, and identity.”   University of Wyoming American Heritage Center travel grant “Uplift and Erosion: The geological origins of 19th-century American landscape, culture, and identity.”Sabbatical, Northwestern College. 

    2004  Summer Scholarship Award, Northwestern College, to write “Casa Grande, the Ruin of Our Expectations”