2020, MA English Literature, Virginia Tech
2015, BA English Literature and Education, Roanoke College
Anna Merz is a second year PhD student interested in literature of the long, undisciplined nineteenth century, Anna’s past research projects have centered literary depictions of Victorian education and childhood. Her early-stage dissertation research focuses on depictions and illustrations of “bad” children in Victorian literature, especially the ways in which “badness” as a label is often gendered and racialized.
At UNC, Anna works closely with the Jane Austen Summer Program, a public humanities outreach program, and in the William Blake Archive—a Digital Humanities project cataloguing Blake’s works.
- Richard Hoffman GTA Teaching Award for Excellence: Virginia Tech English Departmental Award, 2020
- Michael J. Sandridge Education Award for Excellence: Roanoke College, 2015
- English Department Teaching Award for Excellence: Roanoke College, 2015
- Caroline Pace Chermside Award for Best Master’s Thesis: Virginia Tech, 2020
- Dickens Universe Fellow, 2020
- Phi Beta Kappa, 2015
- Briethaupt Scholarship for the Scholarly Study of Literature: Roanoke College, 2014