William Stroup grew up in Lansing, Michigan and received his A.B. from The University of Michigan in 1990. After an M.A. from Kent State University he moved to New Hampshire in 1995, and completed his PhD from the University of New Hampshire in 2000. His dissertation "Shelley and the Nature of Nonviolence" explores the connections between proto-ecological thought and political nonviolence in the 19th century. His essays have appeared in The Wordsworth Circle, European Romantic Review, Romantic Circles Praxis Series, and other publicataions. His most recent work is on connections between Childhood and Nature in the legacy of Romanticism. In 2009 he is presenting this work at conferences of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association and of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. Dr. Stroup joined the English department in the Fall of 2000 and became Chair of the Department in 2007. He teaches a wide range of courses, specializing in British Romantic and Victorian Literature, the Nature Writing tradition, Ecocriticism and other forms of Literary Theory, and the Literature of Nonviolence. He is currently the Chair of the College Senate, and in the Keene community serves as President of the Keene Public Library Board of Trustees and as the College's liasion to the Horotio Colony House Museum and Nature Preserve.