Cara Erdheim Kilgallen, Ph.D.

Cara Erdheim Kilgallen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor , Language and Literatures
Adjunct Instructor , Catholic Studies

Cara Erdheim Kilgallen started at Sacred Heart University in the fall of 2010. Since then, she has thoroughly enjoyed teaching students across majors and colleges through her first-year seminars on sports literature, seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and foundational core classes in experiencing literature.  Her upper-level courses range in topic from disability literature to writings about fitness and food. An avid athlete involved in competitive figure skating and tennis, she feels particularly passionate about American sports writing as an area of teaching and scholarship. Her research and writing focus on American literature, environmental theory, disability studies, and sports narratives. While working on a book project about American literature, disability, and sports, Dr. Erdheim Kilgallen has published in the fields of twentieth-century American literature, African American writing, literary naturalism, ecocriticism, and cultural food studies.

Degrees and Certifications

    • B.A. in English and Spanish from Colby College in 2001
    • M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University in 2010

Teaching Responsibilities

    • American Sports Stories (FYEN 125)
    • Disability Discourse (FYEN 125)
    • Catholic Intellectual Tradition (CIT 201 & 202)
    • Experiencing Literature (ENG 201)
    • American Voices Honors (ENG 299 AH)
    • Disability Discourse Honors (ENG 299 AH)
    • American Renaissance (ENG 331 A)
    • American Renaissance Revisited Honors (ENG 331 AH)
    • Independent Study Project
    • English Literature Capstone (ENG 390 A)

    Past Courses

    • ENG 110 (Academic Writing)
    • ENCC 102 (Literary Expressions of the Human Journey)
    • African and Caribbean American Literature
    • Twentieth-Century African American Literature
    • Food, Land, & U.S. Literature

Research Interests and Grants

    • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century American Literature
    • Ecocriticism
    • Disability Studies
    • Food Writing
    • Sports Stories

Publications and Presentations

Cara Erdheim Kilgallen

Contact Information

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    Humanities Center of Acad Bldg HC*221I
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    Humanities Center of Acad Bldg HC*221I
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