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Sarah Cantrell

Sarah Cantrell

Sarah Cantrell



Dr. Sarah K. Cantrell has been at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville since 2022. She grew up in Fountain City, but she has lived all over the southeast teaching French, composition, and literature.  Her research on young adult fantasy has appeared in Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and The Lion and the Unicorn. She is especially fond of beast fables and nonsense, which is why she loves Winnie-the-Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, and Uncle Wiggly.  On occasion, she also writes her own animal stories. Dr. Cantrell spent nine years teaching English and world literature at The University of Alabama, where she was promoted to Senior Instructor in 2021. In addition to academic research and public writing, she has also been known to teach her classes how to fold a fitted sheet or sing “Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes (Knees and Toes).” Dr. Cantrell enjoys dogs, jogging, exercising, cooking, working puzzles, and reading.  She works for her cat, Gretchen.


  • Ph.D.  Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill, 2010
  • M. A.  French Languages and Literatures, Vanderbilt University, 2002
  • B. A.   French and Elementary Education, Centre College, 1999

Regularly Taught Courses

  • English 101: English Composition I
  • English 102: English Composition II- The Myths that Shape(d) America
  • English 255: Public Writing- Advocacy