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Kathryn Powell

Post-Doctoral Lecturer


Kathryn Powell is a Post-Doctoral Lecturer and Assistant Director of the Writing Center. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests are in Victorian literature with special emphases on nineteenth-century cultures of technology, mobility, progress, and affect. Her dissertation, completed in summer of 2017, is titled, "Railways and Regret: Revising Mobility Myths in Literature and Culture, 1857-1891." She teaches courses on Public Writing, Inquiry into Crime and Detection, Fiction, Poetry, and Composition.

Fields of Interest:

  • 19th C British Literary Studies
  • The Novel
  • Fiction and Finance
  • Mobility Studies

Teaching Experience:

  • Introduction to Poetry, Spring 2015
  • Introduction to Fiction, Fall 2014
  • Inquiry into Crime and Detection, Fall 2013, Spring 2016
  • Inquiry into Material Culture, Spring 2013
  • Inquiry into Collective Memory, Spring 2012
  • Inquiry into Control and Resistance in Public Spaces, Spring 2011
  • First Year Rhetoric & Composition, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2015


Ph.D. University of Tennessee
M.A. Texas State University
B.A. University of Houston


  • "Railway Crossings: Intersectional Railway Safety Advocacy in Charlotte Riddell’s City and Suburb," Partial Answers (forthcoming Spring 2018)
  • “Engineering Heroes: Revising the Self-Help Narrative in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cousin Phillis,” Gaskell Journal, 29 (2015)
  • “Travelling from the Margin to the Center: Female Authorship, Inventors, and Railway Safety Advocacy in City and Suburb.” Partial Answers (forthcoming Spring 2018)
  • “Loco-Motives: Railway Mania and the Trope of Female Insanity in Lady Audley’s Secret.” Wilkie Collins Journal (forthcoming Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017).
  • “Engineering Heroes: Revising the Self-Help Narrative in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cousin Phillis,” Gaskell Journal, 29 (2015)
  • Review of Economic Women: Essays on Desire and Dispossession in Nineteenth-Century British Culture, ed. by Lana L. Dalley and Jill Rappoport, Victorians Institute Journal 42 (2014)

Professional Service

  • GTA Advisor, College of Arts & Sciences, 2016-2017
  • Graduate Student Coordinator, Nineteenth-Century British Research Seminar, 2011-2015
  • Graduate Student Organizer, Dickens Winter Conference, Knoxville, Spring 2015
  • Graduate Student Member, Eighteenth-Century British Search Committee, Spring 2014
  • Chair, Graduate Students in English, 2014-2015
  • Vice Chair, Graduate Students in English, 2013-2014
  • PhD Representative, Graduate Students in English, 2012-2013

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • Victorian Studies in Literature Graduate Research Assistantship, Summer 2015
  • Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant, Summer 2015, Canterbury, UK
  • Alwin Thaler Graduate Research Assistantship, Fall 2014-Spring 2015
  • The Office of Research & Engagement Graduate Research Assistantship, Summer 2014
  • Richard Beale Davis Editorial Assistantship for Victorians Institute Journal, Spring 2014
  • John B. Emperor Dissertation Fellowship, Spring 2014
  • John C. Hodges Experienced Tutor Award, Fall 2013
  • Emperor Research Assistantship, Summer 2013
  • Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant, Summer 2013, Venice, Italy
  • Percy Adams Research Assistantship, Fall 2012
  • John C. Hodges Excellence in Scholarship, Fall 2012
  • John C. Hodges Graduate Teaching Award, Fall 2012
  • J. Wallace & Katie Dean Multi-Year Fellowship, 2010-2014

Associations & Organizations

  • British Women Writers Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • North American Studies Association
  • Victorians Institute

Contact Information

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