Sara E. Gerend, Ph.D.

Sara GerendAssociate Professor of English
College of Arts and Sciences

Office Location: Eckhart Hall, Room 414
Telephone: 630-844-3842
Fax: 630-844-5242
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I was born and raised in central Wisconsin and attended universities in Wisconsin, England, and southern California for my undergraduate and graduate degrees in English. Before coming to Aurora University in fall 2008, I taught as an associate instructor at UC-Santa Barbara, a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at DePauw University, and an Assistant Professor of English at Purdue University North Central. At Aurora University, I teach a variety of courses in literature, composition, and interdisciplinary studies. As an English instructor, I encourage my students to become sharp critical thinkers, careful close readers, clear writers, and motivated life-long learners.  

Ph.D., English, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004  
M.A., English, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1998
B.A., English, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 1996

Areas of Specialization
British and American Modernism
Twentieth-Century British and Postcolonial Literature
Gender Studies

Courses Taught
Racial and Ethnic Themes in Literature: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
British Literature IV: Modernism to the Present
British Literature III: Romantics to Modernism
British Literature II: Renaissance to the Romantics
British Literature I: Anglo-Saxons to the Renaissance
Introduction to Literary Study
Culture, Diversity, and Expression
Composition I: Preparatory and Introductory Composition
Composition II: Introduction to Research Writing

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
"My Son, My Son!: Paternalism, Haiti, and Early Twentieth-Century American Imperialism in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!" The Southern Literary Journal Vol. 42.1 (Fall 2009): 17-31.
"Ghosts of Empire in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse and Elizabeth Bowen's The Last September," Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, Internationalism - Selected Papers from the 17th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Eds. Diana Royer and Madelyn Detloff. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2008.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
English Club
Early Academic Warning System Mentor
Faculty Sponsor of AU's Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (English International Honors Society)
ESOL Tutor, Dominican Literary Center, Aurora, IL

Other Interests
Cooking Vegetarian Food
Bike-Riding and Running
Ashtanga Yoga
Art and Creative Writing