Kathryn Powell

Graduate Teaching Associate


Kat Powell is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate working on her dissertation, “Railroads and Regret in Victorian Literature and Culture.”

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
  • 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


MA, English Literature, Texas State University

BA, English, University of Houston


“Engineering Heroes: Revising the Self-Help Narrative in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cousin Phillis,” Gaskell Journal, special issue, ed. by Rebecca Styler and Elizabeth Ludlow, forthcoming October 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)

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • J. Wallace & Katie Dean Multi-Year Fellowship, 2010-2014
  • Victorian Studies 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

Associations & Organizations

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

Professional Service

  • Graduate Student Coordinator, Nineteenth-Century British Research Seminar, 2011-2015
  • Graduate Student Organizer, Dickens Winter Conference, Knoxville, Spring 2015
  • Chair, Graduate Students in English, 2014-2015
  • Graduate Student Member, Eighteenth-Century British Search Committee, Spring 2014
  • Vice Chair, Graduate Students in English, 2013-2014
  • PhD Representative, Graduate Students in English, 2012-2013