Teaching Assistant Professor, Co-Director of HHIVE Lab, Associate Director of English BA/MA, MA, and Graduate Certificate in Literature, Medicine, and Culture
2018, PhD English & Comparative Literature, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2011, MA English Language & Literature, University of Maryland, College Park
2006, BS Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Lebanon Valley College
Kym Weed, PhD is a Teaching Assistant Professor in English & Comparative Literature, the Co-Director of the HHIVE Lab, and the Associate Director of Literature, Medicine, and Culture (LMC) Programs including the ECL MA concentration in LMC, BA/MA program in LMC, and Graduate Certificate in LMC. Her research and teaching coalesce around the literary and cultural study of science, medicine and health, exploring the narratives that shape understandings of illness, health, disability, and embodiment. Her work has appeared in Literature and Medicine and The Journal of Medical Humanities.
Weed’s book project, “Our Microbes: Imagining Human Interdependence with Bacteria in American Literature, Science, and Culture, 1880-1920,” merges her background in microbiology and literary studies to examine the diverse representations of microorganisms in the years between the popularization of the germ theory of disease and the widespread use of antibiotics. It articulates a counternarrative of human-microbe partnership that emerged alongside the narratives of anxiety and fear that have been the focus of most scholarly study of nineteenth-century bacteriology. The project attends to the fiction authors, bacteriologists, industry leaders, and domestic workers who locate utility and possibility in the microbial world.
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- Kym Weed, “Microbe,” Keywords for Health Humanities, edited by Sari Altschuler, Jonathan Metzl, and Priscilla Wald, New York University Press, forthcoming
- Kym Weed, “Microbial Perspectives: Mark Twain’s Imaginative Experiment in Ethics,” Literature and Medicine, vol. 37, no. 1, 2019, pp. 219-240.
- Sarah Ann Singer, Kym Weed, Jennifer Edwell, Jordynn Jack, and Jane F. Thrailkill. “Advancing Pre-Health Humanities as Intensive Research Practice: Principles and Recommendations from a Cross-Divisional Baccalaureate Setting,” Journal of Medical Humanities, vol. 38, no. 4, 2017, pp. 373-384.
- ENGL 763: Introduction to Methods in Health Humanities
- ENGL 611: Narrative, Literature, and Medicine
- ENGL 269: Disability Studies
- ENGL71H: FYS – Healers and Patients
- ENGL 105i: Writing in Health and Medicine