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Emily A. Phillips, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Courses Taught

English 1500: The Process of Composition; English 1920: Advanced Writing for Professionals; English 3100: Junior-Level Writing (Online); English 3400: Creative Thinking: Cultivating an Imaginative Mind (Online)


B.A., McKendree University
M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Ph.D., Saint Louis University

Research Interests

Writing pedagogy, technology in/as the classroom, and contemporary American literature and culture.

Publications and Media Placements

  •  “Beware the Body: Confronting and Undermining Fear in Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.” Like One of the Family: Domestic Workers, Race, and In/Visibility in Katheryn Stockett’s The Help. Ed. Fiona Mills. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2016. Print.
  • “Public History and Private Life in Elizabeth Alexander’s Crave Radiance: A Data Analysis.” Journal of Ethnic American Literature Fall 2014: 44-60. Print.
Conference Papers
  • “Optimizing Tech for Classroom Engagement and Student Mental Health.” Writing on the Edge Conference, Chicago, IL, September, 2019. 
  • “Hauntology, Testimony, and Empowerment in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Piano Lesson.” NeMLA Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April, 2018.
  • “The Monsters We Make: Genre, Realism, and the Postmodern Pursuit of What It Means to Be Human.” Marvelous Bodies Conference, Saint Louis University, Madrid, Spain, May 2013.
  • “The Monstrous Mimic: Silencing in Octavia Butler’s Dawn.” PAMLA Conference, Seattle University, Seattle, WA, October, 2012.
  • “Holiness is Cross Dressing: The Performance of Masculinity in the Lives of St. Euphrosyne and Mary of Egypt.” New Voices: Bodies of Influence Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, January, 2012.
  • “Blood from the Statue: Trueblood’s Sookie Stackhouse and New Southern Womanhood.” Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture and American Culture Associations, St. Louis, MO, April, 2010.