Pamela Asmus, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Brown University
Certificate of Advanced Studies, Wesleyan University
Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Wesleyan University
B.A., Albertus Magnus College 


Both my research and teaching reflect my commitment to interdisciplinary studies. Believing that literature cannot be studied in isolation, I focus on the intellectual and historic climate that serves as a background for the literary work.  My dissertation, The Rise and Fall of the Anglo-Saxon Myth in the United States, 1770-1954, has led to an interest in the post-colonial literatures  of Africa and the Caribbean and to further study of immigrant literature.  My preliminary examination in the history of women in the United States continues to provide research interests.  I am currently studying the impact on the Eugenics movement on the portrayal of female characters in literature.

Selected Conferences

“The Nature of Women in The Last of the Mohicans and in The Valley of the Moon,” College English Association Conference, April 2013

“A Plea for the Expansion of the Domestic Realm:  Frances Watkins Harper’s Abolitionist Poetry,”  Mid-West Modern Language Association Conference, November 2012

“Marsha Mehran:  Iranian Immigrants in Ireland,” The American Conference for Irish Studies, October 2012

“With God on Our Side:  From Sectionalism to Secessionism,” Midwest Modern Language Association November 2011

“From Fortunate Sisterhood to Unfortunate Rivalry,” co-presented with Dr. Diane Russo, College English Association, April 2011

Selected Publications

“The Nature of Women in The Last of the Mohicans and in The Valley of the Moon"

Service Highlights

University Common Read Committee

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 1105 Composition
  • ENGL 1110 Composition & Literature
  • ENGL 4481 Special Topics: Caribbean Literature
  • ENGL 4481 Special Topics: Immigrant Literature

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