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Dr. Theresa Gaul

Director of Women and Gender Studies

Theresa Strouth Gaul specializes in American Literature before 1900 and U.S. women’s writing. Her research and teaching interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, women’s writing, the history of race and gender in the United States, early American Indian authors, Cherokee print culture in the pre-Removal era, and epistolary writings.

Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823 (Nebraska, 2014) received the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSSAWW) Triennial Edition Award in 2015.  Gaul’s other books include: To Marry An Indian:  The Marriage of Harriett Gold and Elias Boudinot in Letters, 1823-1839 (North Carolina, 2005) and Letters and Cultural Transformations in the United States, 1760-1860 (Ashgate, 2009; co-edited with Sharon M. Harris). She served as Co-Editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers for eight years and was Series Editor of the Legacies of American Women Writers book series, published through the University of Nebraska Press.  She is currently Associate Editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to American Literature.

Gaul received the English Department Graduate Faculty Award in 2015 and the AddRan College of Liberal Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar in 2014 (an award she also received in 2010).  She held the 2012-13 AddRan College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Lectureship and received the Deans’ Award for Teaching, a university-wide honor, in 2012.  She was named the Women’s Studies Program’s Wise Woman of 2009, an award presented to the faculty member who best exemplifies the principles of women´s studies and helps to further the interests of women at TCU.

Dr. Gaul’s Full Faculty Profile

Meredith May

Current WGST Graduate Assistant and History PhD Candidate

Meredith May is a PhD candidate in the History Department. She is working on her dissertation, “Building a Business in the Bayou City: Houston and Female Entrepreneurship, 1945-1977.” Her research interests include women and gender history in the 20th century, post-World War II southern history, Texas history, and oral history.

Meredith was the recipient of the History Department’s McDonald Texas History Research Award in 2015. She was the Graduate Studies Graduate Assistant for the 2015-2016 school year.

Kassia Waggoner

Former WGST Graduate Assistant and English Lecturer

Kassia Waggoner is a lecturer in the English Department. She finished her dissertation, entitled “A Little Less Talk: Feminist Listening in Twentieth Century Southern Women’s Novels, in May 2016. Her research interests include feminist and rhetorical approaches to 20th century American fiction, Southern Studies, Epistolary Studies, Disability Studies, and Digital Humanities.

Kassia was named Graduate Teacher of the Year by the English Department and was the Women and Gender Studies’ Graduate Research Award recipient in 2015. She is also the co-editor of YoursIn Filial Regard: The Civil War Letters of a Texas Family.

Kaleigh Wyrick

Former WGST Graduate Assistant & English Ph.D. student

Kaleigh Wyrick graduated from Abilene Christian University in May 2012 with a BA in English and three minors: Women´s & Ethnic Studies, Spanish, and Biblical Text. She started the English Ph.D. program at TCU in Fall 2012. Her main research interests include intersections of gender with animal studies, fantasy genre studies, ecocriticism, eco-spirituality and theology, queer theory–specifically asexuality studies–and anarchism.