Dr. H. George Hahn, PhD


George Hahn

Contact Info

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Ph.D. University of Maryland
M.L.A. Johns Hopkins University
M.A. University of Maryland
B.S. Mount St. Mary's College

Areas of Expertise

British Literature
Literary Research
War in Literature
Writing Argument


Henry George Hahn II  is professor and past chairman of the English Department.

He is author of five books, among them, The Country Myth: [Political] Motifs in the British Novel of the Early Eighteenth Century; Henry Fielding: An Annotated Bibliography; and co-author of The Eighteenth- Century British Novel and Its Background. His most recent study, The Ocean Bards: British Poetry and the War at Sea, 1793-1815, was cited by SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 as “a major book on [18th-century] poetry.”

His scholarly articles have appeared in Philological Quarterly; Modern Philology; Anglia: Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie; Papers on Language & Literature; Southern Quarterly; British Studies Monitor; War, Literature & the Arts; College Language Association Journal;  Victorians Institute Journal; Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice; and reference books such as Cyclopedia of Literary Places, Hanoverian Britain,  and World Book Encyclopedia.

Dr. Hahn has written 68 book reviews, mainly on studies of 18th-century literature in, among other periodicals, Library Journal, The Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and The Eighteenth Century: A Current Bibliography.

His journalism includes over 58 op-ed columns in metropolitan dailies for which he has won the Emmart Journalism Prize for Writing About the Humanities; the Mackie Prize for his editorship of All Ahead Full, a Navy League of the United States newsletter; and a citation for one of the best op-ed pieces of the 1990s by The Masthead: Quarterly Journal of the National Conference of Editorial Writers.

Besides his appointment to two successive four-year terms as English chairman, Hahn was the founder and director of Towson's M.A. in Humanities program, director of Towson's Honors Program, and coordinator of the university's advanced writing courses. He founded and coordinates the Redoubtable Dons, a cross-disciplinary symposium of faculty that shares scholarly papers and talks. Hahn was elected for twelve consecutive years to chair the College of Liberal Arts, promotion, tenure, and merit committee. He has won the President's Award for Distinguished Service to the University.

His main undergraduate courses include teaching the two British literature surveys (ENGL 221 and 222), Literary Research and Methods (ENGL 300), Eighteenth-Century British Literature (ENGL 325), and Writing Argument (ENGL 310). He chairs graduate seminars in rhetoric, satire, and war in literature. Dr. Hahn has coached many of his students in developing their research papers into successful conference presentations, prize competitions, and publication in scholarly journals. After a semester-long observation, The Baltimore Sun featured Hahn in a two-page article of 2002 naming him one of three “Extraordinary Maryland College Professors.”