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Faculty and Staff

Alison Sperling

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer


Ph.D. English, Literature and Cultural Theory, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Received March 2017
Dissertation: “Weird Modernisms”
Committee: Jane Gallop (chair), Richard Grusin, Jason Puskar, Rebekah Sheldon (Indiana at Bloomington), Gerry Canavan (Marquette)

M.A. English Literature, San Francisco State University, Received August 2010
Committee: Geoffrey Green (chair) and Emily Merriman

Certificate in Reading Composition, San Francisco State University, May 2010

B.A. English, Philosophy, University of Miami Florida, Received May 2005



Department of Women’s and Gender Studies: Advanced Writing: “Race, Gender, and Resistance,” Gender and Science and Technology: “Science, Gender, and the Nonhuman” (cross-listed in STS), Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, Introduction to LGBT Studies, LGBTQ literature in the U.S. (cross-listed in English)



Journal Publications

“H.P. Lovecraft’s Weird Body,” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, Issue 31, 2017. Online. 

The above article also appears in Lovecraft Annual, no. 10, ed. S. T. Joshi, pp. 81-103, Hippocampus Press, 2016.

“Second Skins: A Body Ecology of Sickness in The Southern Reach Trilogy.” Paradoxa, Vol. 28, December 2016.

"Freak Temporality: Female Adolescence in the Novels of Carson McCullers," Girlhood Studies, Vol. 9, Issue 1: “Disability and Girlhood: Transnational Perspectives,” pp. 88-103, March 2016.

Book Chapters

“Anthropocene.” Bloomsbury Handbook of 21st Century Feminist Theory, ed. Robin Goodman. Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming 2018.

“Sporous Stories: Jeff VanderMeer’s Weird Fiction.” Speculative Vegetation: Plants in Science Fiction. 

Book Reviews

Science Fiction Film and Television (forthcoming), PhiloSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism (forthcoming), EuropeNow (forthcoming), Los Angeles Review of Books

Curriculum vitae
Curriculum vitae