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Teaching Assistant Professor

2011, PhD English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2005, MA English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2001, BA English and Religion, Oberlin College



Sarah Ficke is a professor with experience teaching in a wide range of areas, including rhetoric & composition, digital humanities, popular literature and culture, British literature of the long 19th century, and children’s literature. Her research investigates popular media’s impact on public perceptions of history and its connection to the present moment. Her recent work has examined how history and historiography are explored through popular romance fiction and the public rhetoric surrounding it, particularly with regard to race, colonization, and gender roles.


  • “House, Home, and Husband in Historical Romance Fiction.” The Routledge Companion to Romantic Love. Ed. Ann Brooks. Routledge, 2021. 139-150.
  • “The Historical Romance.” The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Romance Fiction. Ed. Jayashree Kamblé, Eric Murphy Selinger, and Hsu-Ming Teo. Routledge, 2020. 118-140.
  • “Constructing a Post-Victorian Empire: Rupert Gray, a Tale in Black and White.” Studies in the Novel 47.4 (2015): 514-531.
  •  “From Text to Tags: The Digital Humanities in an Introductory Literature Course.” The CEA Critic 76.2 (2014): 200-210.
  • “Pirates and Patriots: Citizenship, Race, and the Transatlantic Adventure Novel.” Transatlantic Literary Exchanges, 1790-1870: Gender, Race, and Nation. Ed. Kevin Hutchings and Julia M. Wright. Aldershot, England: Ashgate Publishing Company. Ashgate Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies, 2011: 115-129.

Courses Taught:

English 105: English Composition and Rhetoric

Curriculum Vitae / Resume