Kate Neilsen


My research interests focus on nineteenth-century British literature, environmental criticism, the gothic, and queer ecology.  I am particularly interested in representations that depict the environment as uncontrollable, excessive, or monstrous.  I am currently developing a project that examines the intersection of discourses surrounding pollution, waste, and the gothic in the Victorian novel, exploring the relationships between industrialization, contamination, and desire. You can view my CV here.




PhD, English, Boston University, expected May 2015
MA, English, Boston University, May 2010
BA, English and Music, Kenyon College, May 2006

“Gerard Manley Hopkins,” coauthor with Joseph Bizup, Boston University.  The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature, Ed. Dino Felluga, Pamela Gilbert, and Linda Hughes, Wiley-Blackwell. 

Recent Presentations
“Vampiric Landscapes and Lady Vampires: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Gothic Ecology in Lady Audley’s Secret.”  Monstrous Spaces in Literature and Pedagogy Graduate Conference, St. John’s University, Queens, NY, March 9, 2013.

Courses Taught
Independent Instructor:
WR 100: Ethics and Environmentalism in American Literature, Fall 2014
EN 121: Readings in World Literature, Fall 2013
WR 150: Ethics and Environmentalism in American Literature, Spring 2013
WR 100: Ethics and Environmentalism in American Literature, Fall 2012
EN 125: Readings in Modern Literature, Instructor, Spring 2012

Teaching Assistant:
EN 546: The Modern American Novel, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011
EN 175: Literature and the Art of Film, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2010 and 2011