Alfred Bendixen is a professor in the department of English at Princeton University and the founder and Executive Director of the American Literature Association.
Bendixen gained a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina in 1979, with a thesis on "Americans in Europe before 1865 : a study of the travel book". He held posts at Barnard College (1979-1988) and California State University, Los Angeles (1988-2005) before moving to Texas A&M University, where he served as the Associate Department Head of English (2007-2009) and a Professor of English (2006 - 2013). He now serves as a Lecturer in English at Princeton University.
His research has centered on the recovery of 19th century literature and neglected genres, including the ghost story, detective fiction, science fiction, and travel writing.Haunted women : the best supernatural tales by American women writers (1985, F. Ungar, ISBN 9780804420525)
Edith Wharton: New Critical Essays (1992, Garland, ISBN 9780824078485, with Annette Zilversmit)
The Whole Family, new edition and introduction to this 12-author 1908 novel (2001, Duke UP, ISBN 9780822328384)
The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing (2009, Cambridge UP, ISBN 9780521861090, with Judith Hamera)
A Companion to the American Short Story (2010, Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 9781405115438, with James Nagel)
A Companion to the American Novel (2012,Wiley-Blackwell, ISBN 9781118220399)
The Cambridge History of American Poetry (2014, Cambridge UP, ISBN 9781107003361, co-edited with Stephen Burt)