Dr. Andersen was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She completed her BA in comparative literature at Indiana University at Bloomington and her MA and Ph. D. at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana before heading down south to teach at Auburn University. Soon after, she found her home at Peace. She teaches a variety of courses including world literature surveys and upper level courses in women’s studies and twentieth century fiction. Her favorite food spot is NOFO. She also enjoys gardening, biking, and spending time with her family and kitty cat.
“I love the people at WPU!”
- BA Comparative Literature, Indiana University Bloomington
- Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Activities & Honors
- Chair of the English Department
- 2015-2016 WPU Outstanding Advisor Award
Research & Publications
- Women’s Autobiography and Self-Portraiture; Science Fiction Studies; the Interrelationship of the Arts
- ‘Instantly Upon this Thought the Dreadful Vision Faded’: The False Epiphany of Katherine Anne Porter’s ‘The Grave’.” South Central Review. 33.3 (2016).
- “Remembrance of an Open Wound: Frida Kahlo and Post-Revolutionary Mexican Identity.” Reflections on Empire: Depictions of Latin American Colonization in Literature, Film, and Art. Spec. issue of South Atlantic Review. 74.4 (2011): 119-130.
- “Les Grenades (Pomegranates): Valéry’s Muse of Many Seeds.” The Explicator. 68.1 (2010): 43-47.
- “A Ghost in the Rigging: Vonnegut and Koestler.” Science Fiction Studies. Ed. Arthur B. Evans, et al. 36.1 (2009): 177-181.
- “I Am Not Who “I” Pretend to Be: The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas and its Photographic Frontispiece.” The Comparatist. Ed. Mary Ann Witt. 29 (2005): 26-37.
- “Que me veux-tu?: Claude Cahun’s Canceled Confessions.” Women in French. Ed. Frédérique Chevillot. 13 (2005): 37-50.