Kym Weed


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Kym Weed is a Ph.D. Candidate and 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. 

As a core member of the HHIVE Lab, Kym has joined an energized community of scholars interested in Literature, Medicine, and Culture. She is a Study Coordinator for the Falls Narrative Study, which examines how older adults talk about falls when paired with a team of UNC students. 

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


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