Linda Troost, Ph.D.
Ph.D. English, University of Pennsylvania; A.B. English, Smith College
Linda Troost is a Professor and Chair of the Department of English at Washington & Jefferson College.
She has published scholarly essays on a variety of subjects (eighteenth-century literature, Jane Austen, Robin Hood musicals, zombies) and written entries for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the Cambridge Guide to Literature on Screen. Most notably, she coedited Jane Austen in Hollywood, the first book on the recent film phenomenon. She is the founding editor of the AMS series Eighteenth-Century Women (six volumes in print) and editor of Topic: The Washington & Jefferson College Review.
She is active in the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Jane Austen Society of North American, and the International Robin Hood Society. She has been secretary/treasurer of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, president of the East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and serves on the editorial boards of Adaptation (Oxford UP) and 1650-1850 (AMS Press) and the advisory boards of Eighteenth-Century Common, a public humanities website, and Outlaws in Literature, History, and Culture, a book series from Routledge.
In 2008-09, she was a visiting research fellow at the Institute of English Studies/University of London and, in 2015, a visiting fellow at the Chawton House Library/University of Southampton.
At W&J, she teaches British Literature I, Editing and Print Design, Studies in Renaissance Literature, and Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature as well as topics courses in Jane Austen and in British drama. From 2005 to 2014, she served as chair of the English department; she now oversees the undergraduate program in professional writing.