Underwood bio photo

Master Lecturer


100 Bay State Road, Room 313
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1990 Ph.D. Harvard University (History of American Civilization)
1985 A.M. Harvard University (English)
1982 B.A. Haverford College (English; Sociology)


Thomas Underwood, whose courses include, “The Rhetoric of Freedom in America,” is the recipient of many awards for teaching college writing, including the Arthur G.B. Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University’s “highest teaching honor.” For his work teaching at Harvard College, he earned more than a dozen citations from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.  He has also been awarded the Harvard University Extension School’s James E. Conway Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing. Underwood, Senior Lecturer (Master Level) in the CAS Writing Program, is author of Allen Tate: Orphan of the South and is coeditor of Blacks at Harvard: A Documentary History of African-American Experience at Harvard and Radcliffe and of The Southern Agrarians and the New Deal: Essays After I’ll Take My Stand.  In 2007, he was selected for inclusion in Contemporary Authors.