Cara Erdheim, Ph.D.
Dr. Erdheim's research and writing focus on American literature, African American writing, and environmental criticism. Her doctoral dissertation looked at early to mid-twentieth-century writings, traditionally classified as naturalist, and argued these writers participate in an early American environmentalism distinct from urban industrialism. While working on a longterm book project, "The Greening of American Naturalism," Dr. Erdheim has published in the fields of twentieth-century American literature, African American writing, naturalism, and ecocriticism. Specifically, in 2008, she published “Is There a Place for Ecology in Dreiser’s An American Tragedy?” in Studies in American Naturalism; moreover, “Naturalism’s Dietary Discourse: Fasting Fads, Vegetable Gardens, and Sinclair’s Social Reforms” has been accepted as an article in Food, Culture, and Society.
At Sacred Heart, Dr. Erdheim thoroughly enjoys teaching within the Common and Foundational Core Curriculums. In addition to Literary Expressions of the Human Journey and Academic Writing, she will teach an upper-level American Renaissance course this spring, and has just taught her newly designed freshman seminar, "American Sports Stories." As an avid athlete involved in competitive figure skating and tennis, she feels particularly passionate about American sports literature as a new area of teaching and scholarship.