Helen H. Davis, Ph.D.

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Professional Background

After I graduate from Duke, I earned an M.A. in English from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in English from the CUNY Graduate Center. I have been a professor at Wilkes University since 2008. I earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2014. My areas of research include nineteenth-century British literature, queer and feminst narrative theory, and gender studies.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

I am a college English professor as a direct result of my experiences in the English department at Duke. The small seminar-style classes gave me opportunities to understand how much I enjoy engaging in critical discussion of literary works, and the essays allowed me to hone my interests and skills in researching and sharing knowledge.

Helen H. Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English, Wilkes University