Etta Madden is the author or editor of four books, which consider American women writers, Italy, and utopian literature and intentional communities: Engaging Italy: American Women’s Utopian Visions and Transnational Networks (forthcoming), Eating in Eden: Food and American Utopias (U Nebraska Press)Selections from Eliza Leslie (U Nebraska Press), and Bodies of Life: Shaker Literature and Literacies (Greenwood). Her articles on these and other topics have appeared in publications including Communities MagazineCommonplaceEarly American LiteratureNew England Quarterly, Legacy, Communal Societies, and Utopian Studies.

The recipient of a Fulbright award, Etta has been a research fellow at the New York Public Library, an NEH Seminar participant at the American Academy in Rome, and two-time recipient of Mellon Fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia.  

She teaches courses on American literature, women writers, and utopian visions as Professor of English at Missouri State University.