Theresa DeFrancis

Professional Details

Title Associate Professor
Department English
Office Meier Hall 249D
Phone 978.542.6595

Recent and Upcoming Courses

EDC 461 Fieldwork Seminar I; Critical Issues and Effective Practices for Secondary and Specialist Teachers
EDC 462 Fieldwork Seminar Ii: Critical Issues and Effective Practices for Secondary/specialist Teachers
EDC 770 Methods of Teaching English I
EDC 771 Methods of Teaching English II
EDC 880P Student Teaching Practicum in English (8-12)
EDC 880PS Practicum Seminar in Teaching English
ENG 748 Literature for Young Adults
ENG 821 Contemporary Approaches to Teaching Literature
ENL 110 Foundations of Writing
ENL 353 Literature for Young Adults
ENL 601H Senior Honors Project in English

Professional Biography

Ph.D. in English, 19th- and 20th-Century American Literature

University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI

Dissertation: “Women-Writing-Women: An American Response to ‘The Woman Question’”

M.A. in English, Specialization in American Literature; Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Thesis: “Land as Lover: Lesbian Subtext in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!”

B.A. in English; Secondary Education Certificate

Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, OH

Professional Interests

My position as an English education faculty member allows me to teach in two departments. My primary responsibility as English faculty has me teaching American Literature courses and courses taken by English education students so I may monitor and foster their progress as future educators. My primary responsibility as Education faculty takes me into North Shore high schools to supervise student teachers.

In general, my research work focuses on integration, interrelation, and application. Broadly speaking, my scholarship focuses on representations of race, gender, and sexuality. Willa Cather, my primary research topic, has informed my dissertation, my book, and many conference presentations. Since 2007, my experiences battling breast cancer inform my current project, “Hysterectomy, Mastectomy, and the Lesbian Body,” which starts with the personal and extends into the academic by examining the theoretical and the medical.


Chair, English Department

Graduate Program Coordinator, Master of Art in Teachng English

Selected Publications

Women-Writing-Women: Three American Responses to the Woman Question. Germany: VDM, 2008.

“Review of Harriet and Isabella and Interview with Its Author, Patricia O’Brien,” Harriet Beecher Stowe Society Newsletter 4.2 (2008): 4 .

Selected Presentations

“Mastectomy, Sex, and the Lesbian Body,” 42nd Annual Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA April 2012

Talk on Women-Writing-Women: Three American Responses to the Woman Question, Salem Literary Festival, Salem, MA September 2011

“World War I, the Body, and the Machine in Willa Cather’s One of Ours,” 4th Annual Society for the Study of Women Writers’ Conference, Philadelphia, PA October 2009

“Sanctioned Love: Eroticized Female-Female Love in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!” 12th Annual Cather Conference: Cather, Chicago, and Modernism, Chicago, IL June 2009

“Now that We Can, Should We?: Issues of Gay Marriage in Massachusetts,” Popular Culture Association & American Culture Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA April 2009

“Pursuing Advanced Academic Work in English: Faculty Advice and Perspectives,” Graduate Research Day, Salem State College, 3 May 2008

“Lesbian Studies, Legitimate Studies: An Argument for Privileging,” 14th Annual GLBTIQQ Symposium, The University of Rhode Island, March 2008