Kathleen Chamberlain has been teaching English and Women's Studies at Emory & Henry since 1989.  Originally from 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 are 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, Dr. Chamberlain currently serves as chair of the Humanities Division.

Research Interests:

women's literature, sexuality and gender, queer theory, 19th century British literature, popular fiction for girls, American popular culture


working on a book-length manuscript studying American girls' school stories, 1800-1940.

Student Research

Recent Honors Theses Directed

  • 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)

Recent Symposia Presentations Overseen

  • Godfrey, John. "The Missing Genre: Comics as North American Magic Realism." ACA-UNC-Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium (September 26, 2009)
  • Whaley, Katherine.  "'The Story of How the Lion Ate the Lamb':  Unmasking the Abusive Relationship Between the Twilight Saga and Teenagers."  Fourth Annual Emory & Henry/UVa-Wise Student Research Symposium (April 9, 2010)  

Educational Background

  • B.A., Cleveland State University 
  • M.A., and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill