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Anne Stiles , Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of English

Medical Humanities Interdisciplinary Minor Program


Ph.D. in English, UCLA, 2006
B.A. in English, Harvard College, 1998

Practice Areas

Stiles teaches courses on Victorian literature, children's literature, and medical humanities. In spring 2015, she received an Innovative Teaching Fellowship from SLU's Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, which supported the development of English 349: Public Health and the Victorian Built Environment. This class explored Victorian architecture, furniture, interior design, and public health issues through access to archives and Victorian house museums in the greater St. Louis area. For details, please see the course website,

Research Interests

Stiles's research explores intersections between literature, science, and religion. She is the author of Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century (Cambridge UP, 2012) and the editor of Neurology and Literature, 1866-1920 (Palgrave, 2007). She also co-edited two volumes published by Elsevier in 2013 as part of their Progress in Brain Research series. 

Stiles was awarded a Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Stiles spent the 2016-2017 academic year in Madison completing her second monograph, Recovering the New Thought Novel: How a Forgotten Literary Genre Influenced Psychology and Popular Culture. This book shows how popular fiction by Henry James, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and others spread awareness of the late-nineteenth- century religious movement known as New Thought, which promoted positive thinking as a means to health and prosperity. Her research has also been supported by awards from the Huntington Library (Barbara Thom Fellowship, AY 2009-2010) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Visiting Scholarship, AY 2006-2007).

Publications and Media Placements

She is the Victorian Section Co-Editor of Blackwell Publishing's online journal Literature Compass.


Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Historical and Literary Connections
. Co-edited and introduced by Anne Stiles, Stanley Finger, and François Boller. Elsevier's Progress in Brain Research series, vol. 205. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2013.

Literature, Neurology, and Neuroscience: Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders. Co-edited and introduced by Stanley Finger, François Boller, and Anne Stiles. Elsevier's Progress in Brain Research series, vol. 206. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2013.

Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, December 2011.

Neurology and Literature, 1860-1920. Edited and introduced by Anne Stiles. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, September 2007.