Vera Foley


Visiting Assistant Professor in English

Since earning my Ph.D. in 2016, I have pursued both teaching and scholarship dealing with the roles of women in nineteenth-century America and the Atlantic world more broadly. It has been my privilege since the start of my academic career to teach courses dealing with the social, legal, and psychological forces that shape women's and minorities' roles in national and local culture. This exploration is centered in but not limited to nineteenth-century literature. My early American literature course features a diverse array of authors, including abolitionists, social critics, and religious commentators. I have also, however, been excited to teach material dealing with children’s literature, fairy tales, popular culture, and environmentalism.

I have continued many of these explorations in my scholarly work. I have academic publications forthcoming in Legacy and an edited collection on Laura Ingalls Wilder, from the University Press of Mississippi. This year, I have also presented conference papers at the British Women Writers Conference in Austin, TX and the American Literature Association in San Franciso. I look forward to presenting my paper at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers this November.

When I am not engaged in teaching or research, I enjoy exploring St. Peter with my dog, Prynne!


Ph.D., M.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.A. Mount Holyoke College

Courses Taught

ENG-121 (American Literature I) and ENG-273 (American Novel)