Kym Weed

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Kym Weed is a Ph.D. Candidate and Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of English & Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and from the University of Maryland, College Park with an M.A. in English.

Her dissertation, "Our Microbes: Ecological Interdependence in Turn of the Twentieth Century American Literature, Science, and Culture" examines the role that "friendly" microbes played in the American imagination post germ theory. Rather than continue literary scholarship that focuses solely on the anxieties and fears provoked by disease-causing germs, the project attends to the bacteriologists, industry leaders, domestic workers, and fiction writers who located utility and possibility in the microbial world. Her research has been supported by the Thomas F. Ferdinand Summer Research Fellowship (Summer 2017), Rebekah F. Kirby Dissertation Fellowship (Spring 2017), and Eliason Dissertation Fellowship (Summer 2016).

As a founding member of the HHIVE Lab, Kym has joined an energized community of scholars interested in the health humanities. She is HHIVE Assistant Director and has served as a Study Coordinator for the Falls Narrative Study, which examined how older adults talk about falls when paired with a team of UNC students. Along with graduate student and faculty collaborators, Kym recently published a co-authored article about health humanities undergraduate research exposure in the Journal of Medical Humanities. 

Kym has taught Introduction to American Literature, Introduction to Fiction, and Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric and Introduction; lead recitation sections as a TA for Literature, Medicine, and Culture and 20th Century American Literature; lead discussion groups in the Medical School; and served as member of the Peer Mentoring Committee. 

Teaching Awards

Senior Teaching Fellowship awarded in recognition of teaching excellence by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, 2017-2018

Erika Lingemann Award for Excellence in Teaching Literature awarded by the Peer Mentoring Committee, Spring 2016

Engaged Instructor Award for outstanding contributions to professional development awareded by the Writing Program, 2015

History

M.A. English Language and Literature, University of Maryland, College Park, 2011
B.S. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Lebanon Valley College, 2006

 

Research Groups and Interests

Literature, Medicine, and Culture
Group VI - American Literature to 1900
Group VII - American Literature from 1900 to the Present