William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English

Laura Dassow Walls

B.A., M.A., University of Washington
Ph.D., Indiana University

Areas of Expertise: American Transcendentalism; Literature and Science


  • Henry David Thoreau: A Life (2017)
  • (co-editor) Views of Nature, by Alexander von Humboldt (2014)
  • (co-editor) Thoreauvian Modernities: Transatlantic Conversations on an American Icon (2013)
  • (co-editor) The Oxford Guide to Transcendentalism (2010)
  • The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (2009)
  • (co-editor) More Day to Dawn: Thoreau's Walden for a New Century (2007)
  • Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth (2003)
  • (editor) Material Faith: Thoreau on Science (1999)
  • Seeing New Worlds: Henry David Thoreau and Nineteenth-Century Natural Science (1995)

Recent Articles:

  • "Of Compass, Chain and Sounding Line: Taking Thoreau's Measure" (2017)
  • "Technology" (2017)
  • "Natural History in the Anthropocene" (2016)
  • "Cosmos" (2016)
  • "'The Value of Mutual Intelligence': Science, Poetry, and Thoreau's Cosmos (2016)
  • "Walking West, Gazing East: Planetarity on the Shores of Cape Cod" (2014)
  • "From the Modern to the Ecological: Latour on Walden Pond" (2011)
  • "Of Atoms, Oaks, and Cannibals, or, More Things That Talk" (2010)
  • "Seeking Common Ground: Integrating the Sciences and Humanities (2007)
  • "'If Body Can Sing': Emerson and Victorian Science" (2006)

Office: 330 Decio Hall
Email: lwalls@nd.edu
Website: english.nd.edu/faculty/profiles/walls/ 
Phone: 574-631-2573
Mailing address: English Dept., 356 O’Shaughnessy Hall