Doreen Thierauf

Doreen Thierauf is a PhD Candidate and Distinguished Teaching Fellow in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include Victorian literature and culture; gender studies; theories of embodiment, affect, and sensation; and particularly 19th-century writings on sexuality, pregnancy, and maternity.

Her dissertation project, “Spectacularly Conceived: Sexual Violence and Burdened Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century British Literature,” investigates spectacular scenes of assault and the staging of women’s reproductive capacity in The History of Mary Prince, Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh and other poems, and George Eliot’s Middlemarch and Daniel Deronda. The project has been awarded the Midwest Victorian Studies Association's Walter L. Arnstein Prize (2016) as well as the Fred and Joan Thomson Award for Outstanding Dissertation Work from UNC (2015).

Her essay, “The Hidden Abortion Plot in in George Eliot’s Middlemarch,” appeared in Victorian Studies in 2014. Another piece, “Forever After: Desire in the 21st-Century Romance Blockbuster,” has been published in the Journal of Popular Culture (2016) and was inspired by classroom discussions with students in her Introduction to Fiction undergraduate seminar. The essay recently won the 2017 Russel B. Nye Award for Outstanding Article by the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association.

Doreen currently co-chairs the British Women Writers Conference Steering Committee for the 25th Anniversary Conference in Chapel Hill in June 2017, and is co-editing an issue of Women's Writing on the theme of "Generations" to accompany the conference. She served as Assistant Editor for the Keats-Shelley Journal from 2012 to 2015. 


Russel B. Nye Award for Outstanding Article, Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, 2017

Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies, Midwest Victorian Studies Association, 2016

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, UNC Graduate School, 2016-17

Fred and Joan Thomson Award, Outstanding Dissertation Work, UNC English Dept., 2015

W. Bruce Lea, Jr. Dissertation Fellowship, UNC English Dept., Spring 2015

Friedrich Ebert Foundation Graduate Study Award, 2008-2009

Fulbright Travel Award, 2006-2007

Teaching Awards

Distinguished Teaching Fellowship, UNC, 2015-2016

Lawrence G. Avery Award, Outstanding Teaching in Undergraduate Literature, UNC,


Earl Hartsell Award, Outstanding Teaching in Composition, UNC, 2013

Future Faculty Fellowship Program Award, UNC Center for Teaching and Learning, 2013


Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina, Chapel

Hill (2017)

Certificate in Feminist Studies, Duke University (2017)

M.A. English and History, University of Rostock, Germany (2009)

B.A. English and German, University of Rostock, Germany (2006)

Research Groups and Interests

Group IX - Critical Theory and Cultural Studies
Group V - English Literature from 1789 to 1900 (Nineteenth-Century British Literature)