Dr. Thomas Bullington

Senior Lecturer of English and Liberal Arts

headshot of dr. thomas bullingtonEducation

  • Ph.D., English, University of Mississippi
  • M.A., English, College of Charleston
  • B.A. and A.B., English and Classics, College of Charleston


Restoration and 18th century British literature, young adult fiction, gothic fiction, Great Books program development, LGBTQIA+ literature, and history of the English language

Professional Interests

Dr. Bullington began teaching at Mercer in spring 2017. He has taught courses on gothic fiction, young adult fiction, and LGBTQIA+ literature. In his integrative studies (INT 201) courses, he directs a service learning project involving Little Free Libraries in the downtown Macon area. Since 2021, he has helped organize Mercer’s annual Gothic Festival. Since 2023, he has served as faculty advisor for Common Ground, which is Mercer’s official LGBTQIA+ student organization.

Dr. Bullington’s research interests focus on intersections of botany and literature in the long 18th century (1660-1800).

Courses that Dr. Bullington has taught include:

  • INT 101 — Integrative Studies: Understanding Self & Others
  • INT 201 — Integrative Studies: Building Community
  • GBK 202 — Great Books: Classical Cultures
  • GBK 305 — The Modern Worldview
  • GBK 306 — Reason and Revolution
  • ENG 247 — Studies in Fiction
  • ENG 385 — Special Topics: Young Adult Fiction
  • ENG 385 — Special Topics: LGBTQIA+ Literature

Recent Publications

  • Interviewed by Evelyn E. Johnson and Jacob I. Mack for the Pages of Discourse podcast on Great Books, “Episode 7 – Let’s Talk Homoerotic Tension Already w/ Dr. Bullington” on 27 February, 2022.
  • Read more about Dr. Bullington’s INT 201 Little Free Libraries project on The Den, Oct. 13, 2020.
  • Bullington, Thomas. “Analogies from the Vegetable Creation: The Botanical Logic of Edgeworth’s Belinda.” The Eighteenth Century (Lubbock) 61, no. 1 (2020): 1–21.
  • Bullington, Thomas. “’And all the crops of Asia flourish here:’ Unsettled Boundaries between East and West, Landscape and Text in Eliza Lucas Pinckney and André Michaux.” Studies in Religion and the Enlightenment 2, no. 1 (2020): 1-15.

Contact Dr. Thomas Bullington

(478) 301-2357
Office: Ryals Hall, Room 301