Kathleen Chamberlain

Professor of English English

Kathleen Chamberlain has been teaching English and Women’s/Gender Studies at Emory & Henry since 1989.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she received her B.A. degree from Cleveland State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her areas of specialization include Romantic and Victorian British literature, women’s literature, gender studies, queer theory, and American popular culture. Among Dr. Chamberlain’s publications are essays on Nancy Drew, the Three Stooges, American girls’ series fiction, Lizzie Borden, and the film Brokeback Mountain.

She has also presented many academic papers on topics ranging from Star Trek and Harry Potter to Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf. At Emory & Henry, she currently serves as chair of the Humanities Division and a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Collective.

In 1993, Dr. Chamberlain received the CASE/Carnegie award as Virginia Professor of the Year. 

At EHC, she’s also received the William Carrington Finch Award for Faculty Excellence, the James A. Davis Alumni Award for faculty, the Ernest and Elizabeth Maiden Award for contributions to the College, and the “Excellence in Teaching” Award voted by the senior class.


  • M. A. and Ph.D.,
    • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • B. A., summa cum laude
    • Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH


Selected Honors Theses Directed

  • Williams, Forrest.  “Searching for a Voice:  The Beginning of a Künstlerroman” (2016)
  • Coombs, Amber.  “Women and Evil in Harry Potter” (2011)
  • Godfrey, John. “Parallel to the World – A Novella” (2009)
  • Gregory, Eric. “Black Mirror – A Novel” (2008)
  • Woodward, Stephen. “Narrative Techniques in the Graphic Novel as Shown Through Watchmen” (2008)

Symposia Presentations Overseen

  • Dalton, Kylie. “Harry Potter’s Invisibility Skirt: Yet More Questions of Gender Equality.”  Annual Student Research Symposium, EHC/UVA-Wise (April, 2014)
  • Scott, Kallie.   “What’s in a Name?: Thematic Effects of Rowling’s Naming Constructions,” Annual Student Research Symposium, EHC/UVA-Wise (April, 2014)
  • Whaley, Katherine.  “‘The Story of How the Lion Ate the Lamb’:  Unmasking the Abusive Relationship Between the Twilight Saga and Teenagers.”  Annual Student Research Symposium, EHC/UVA-Wise, (April, 2010)
  • Godfrey, John. “The Missing Genre: Comics as North American Magic Realism.” ACA-UNC-Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium (September 26, 2009)


Research Interests: women’s literature, sexuality and gender, queer theory, 19th century British literature, popular fiction for girls, American popular culture

  • Kathleen Chamberlain
    Kathleen Chamberlain

Contact Info

P. O. Box 947
Emory, VA 24327


Office:  227 Wiley Hall