Ingrid Norton studies the push and pull of Enlightenment and counter-Enlightenment ideas in transatlantic literature. She is particularly interested in the ways that encounters with polytheistic and indigenous cultures shaped how 18th century and Romanticist literary authors depicted religion and the supernatural in their own work. More broadly, she studies how emerging, contested notions of modernity, pluralism, and secularism influence the way that poets and novelists invoke religious language, retell old myths, and endeavor to create new modern ones. Norton also has a strong interest in mourning, collective memory, and the way that writers reimagine the past. She has lectured and written on subjects from bereavement in World War One literature to the coverage of the September 11 attacks. She is interested in intellectual history and thematic, cross-historical approaches to the study of literature.
She joined the English department in 2016 after doing a master's in religion and literature at Harvard Divinity school. She received her B.A. in history and philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin.
Norton is also a fiction writer and literary journalist. Her essays and short stories have appeared in publications such as Boston Review, Dissent, Litro, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Saint Ann's Review.