Karyn M. Valerius
Associate Professor of English
Mason Hall 301
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Degrees: PHD, 2000, SUNY Univ Cntr Stony Brook; BA, 1991, Villanova Univ
I teach courses in American literature and in women’s studies. These courses include Body Politics (WST 102), The Woman Writer in America (ENGL 124), Native American Literature (ENGL 150), The American Experience in Context (ENGL 52), and Introduction to Women’s Studies (WST 1D). I have also served as the director of Hofstra’s Women’s Studies program, which involves advising students and inviting speakers to campus, among other things. I am interested in how science and medicine, literature, film, and other forms of popular culture contribute to individual and shared understandings of our bodies. My current research looks at gothic representations of women’s bodies in fiction by nineteenth-century women writers. I earned a Ph.D. in English and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2000 and graduated from Villanova University with a BA in English in 1991.