Daniel W. Lane earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College, his Master of Arts from Binghamton University, and his doctorate in American Literature from the University of Delaware, where his doctoral research focused on nineteenth-century American shipwreck narratives and national identity.
At Norwich, he regularly teaches courses in freshman composition, world literature, literature of leadership, sea literature, and American realism. Drawing on his material culture background and work at Mystic Seaport Museum, Professor Lane enjoys guiding students in archival research, creating opportunities for students to explore documents and artifacts important to our collective history. Currently serving as the first-year writing program's Interim Composition Coordinator, Professor Lane is especially excited to experiment with emerging teaching modalities and to learn how faculty can try new ways to engage with students in both online and traditional classrooms. He occasionally teaches military literature for Norwich's online degree-completion students.
Professor Lane's research interests center on nautical literature. Recent projects include a study of Walt Whitman's engagement with the United States Life-Saving Service, research into memoirs of U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmers, conference presentations about nineteenth-century derelict vessels and the Gulf Stream, and biographical research about nineteenth-century nautical entertainers. When not writing about the sea and voyaging, Professor Lane enjoys researching Vermont's rural heritage traditions.