Bethany Doane

Curriculum Vitae


  • Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA. PhD in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (anticipated 2019). Dissertation: “Weird Reading: Horror as Radical Politics at the End of the World.” Advisor: Claire Colebrook; Committee: Susan Squier, Rosemary Jolly, Matt Tierney
  • Pennsylvania State University – University Park, PA. M.A. in English (2015)
  • Towson University – Towson, MD. M.A. in Humanities (2013)
  • Towson University – Towson, MD. B.A. in Film (2007, summa cum laude)


Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • “Planetary Ecohorror and Sublime Annihilation.” Forthcoming in Modern Language Studies, 2019. 8.1k words.
  • “Hyper-Abjects: Finitude, ‘Sustainability,’ and the Maternal Body in the Anthropocene.” philoSOPHIA 5.2. Summer, 2015. 251-267. 7.3k words.

Reviews, Notes, and Other Publications:

  • “Introduction: Speculative Horror.” Forthcoming in Modern Language Studies, 2019. 1.9k words.
  • “Pushing Back.” Graphic Reproduction: A Comics Anthology, edited by Jenell Johnson and Susan Squier. Penn State University Press. 2018. (Comic excerpt on birth politics)
  • “Changing Methods for Feminist Public Scholarship: Lessons from Sarah Koenig’s Podcast Serial.” Feminist Media Studies 17:1. December, 2016. 119-121. Co-authored with Kaitlin McCormick and Giuliana Sorce. 1.4k words.
  • “Aesthetics, Ethics, and Objects in the Anthropocene.” Women’s Studies Quarterly 44.1-2. Spring/Summer, 2016. 336-338. Book review of Timothy Morton’s Hyperobjects.

Awards and Research

  • R.D. Mullen Fellowship, Science Fiction Studies: 2018-2019. Awarded for travel to and research at the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Center for Humanities and Information: Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 2018-2019. Penn State University.
  • Graduate Student Essay Award: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), awarded for “Planetary Ecohorror and Sublime Annihilation.” 2018.
  • RGSO Dissertation Support Award: Spring 2018. Research Grant. Penn State University. Spring 2018.
  • Global Programs Research Grant. Penn State University. Spring 2018.
  • Humanities Institute Dissertation Fellow: 2017-2018. Humanities Initiative Dissertation Award. Penn State University.
  • National Science Foundation Travel Award for travel to the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts annual conferences: 2016, 2017, 2018.
  • Center for American Literary Studies, Research Assistant: 2016-2017.
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Penn State University, Program in Writing and Rhetoric: 2016.
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Susan Squier: 2015-2016.

Invited Talks

“Reading Weirdly: The Political Ambivalences of Horror.” University of California, Riverside. October 19, 2018.

Conference Presentations

  • “Pop Horror and the Politics of Pulp.” (Upcoming) Modern Language Association. Chicago: January, 2019. Panel: “Stephen King at 45.”
  • “Planetary Ecohorror.” (Upcoming) Modern Language Association. Chicago: January, 2019. Special Session: ASLE Roundtable on “Ecohorror.”
  • “Madness and Metafiction: Coming Unhinged from the Narrative Frame.” (Upcoming) Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Montreal: November, 2018.
  • “The Scream is a Signal: Occult Anti-Hermeneutics.” (Upcoming) Tuning Speculation: Auscultations/Occultations, Listening to the Occult. University of Indiana, Bloomington: November, 2018.
  • Roundtable: “The Weird on Film: Alex Garland’s Annihilation (2018).” International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. Orlando, FL. March 2018.
  • “The Zombie Biopolitics of Race and Gender.” National Women’s Studies Association. Baltimore: November, 2017.
  • “The Time for Horror: Negotiating the Temporal Scales of Horror’s Affect.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Tempe: November, 2017.
  • “Ecohorror and Sublime Annihilation.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore: March, 2017.
  • Organized and chaired the panel, “Speculative Horror: Ontologies of the Real.”
  • Wrap-Up Panel: “Radical Engagements: Speculative Fictions and Social Justice.” Spring Symposium sponsored by the Center for American Literary Studies at Penn State: March, 2017. Served on the organizing committee for the symposium.
  • Roundtable: “Theorizing Anzaldúa for Theory Classes: Where Does She Belong?” National Women’s Studies Association. Montreal: November, 2016.
  • “Re-Creating the Monstrous Feminine.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Atlanta: November, 2016.
  • “Monstrous Life: Ontological Borders and Biopolitical Failure in Jurassic Park and Splice.” Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Houston: November, 2015.
  • “Futurity Under Threat: Dystopia and (Post)Human Capital in Fringe and The Road” American Comparative Literature Association. New York: March 2014.
  • “Awakening the Trans/Posthuman: Galatea 2.2 and the Postmodern Pygmalion.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston: 2013.


Penn State University – University Park, PA

  • “Contemporary Fiction.” Lower level. 2018. One Section.
  • “Monstrous Rhetoric” (Honors Composition). Lower level. 2016. One section.
  • “Rhetoric and Composition.” Lower level. 2013-2015. Six sections.
  • Individual Tutoring in Composition. Two semesters.

Online Teaching

  • “Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.” Lower level. 2016-2017. Three sections.
  • “Women and Gender in Literature, Art, and Popular Cultures.” Lower level. 2015-2016. Two sections.

Towson University – Towson, MD

  • “Women and Gender in Film and Media.” Upper level. 2013. One section.
  • “Principles of Film and Media Production.” Lower level. 2013. One section.

Guest Teaching

  • “Reading Popular Texts.” Lower-level lecture on the origins of genre fiction. Fall 2016.
  • “Introduction to Culture and Sexuality.” Upper-level lecture on biopolitics. Spring 2016.
  • “Graphic Medicine.” Graduate class on The Graphic Medicine Manifesto (2015). Spring 2016.
  • “What is Literature?” Four 200-level lectures on film as literature, film aesthetics, narrative adaptation, and literary formalism. 2014-2016.


  • Committee Member: English Department Graduate Studies Committee: 2018-2019
  • Cohort Coordinator: English Department Mentoring Program: 2018-2019.
  • Presenter: Mentoring Roundtable on “Fostering Productive Relationships with Faculty,” 2018.
  • Grad Student Representative: English Department Faculty Meetings (for the English Graduate Organization): 2017-2018
  • Mentor: English Department and English Graduate Organization: 2015 – Present
  • Reader: Grade Appeal Committee: Fall 2015
  • Member: English Graduate Organization: Fall 2013 – Present
  • Presenter: Program in Writing and Rhetoric Orientation, 2014, 2015, 2018
  • Moderator: PhiloSOPHIA Annual Conference (Penn State, May 2014)

Special Courses, Skills, and Certifications

  • Legacies of the Enlightenment Graduate Workshop: Michigan State University. October, 2018. Offered through a Mellon Fellowship Humanities Without Walls Grant (Funded).
  • ScienceHumanities Summer Program: Cardiff University (Wales). May, 2018.
  • Posthuman Ethics in the Anthropocene (Summer 2017): Utrecht Summer School, University of Utrecht (Netherlands). Course taught by Rosi Braidotti.
  • Summer Institute: Modern and Contemporary Studies Initiative. Summer, 2017: Five-day inaugural summer program of presentations, discussion, and workshops, held at Penn State.
  • Graduate Certification in Online Teaching (Fall 2015): four-week course specializing in pedagogical training for teaching in a web-based environment, resulting in an online teaching certificate
  • Visual Media & Film: several years of experience working in the broadcasting/TV industry, allowing for extensive integration of visual media production and analysis into teaching methods.

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
  • National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
  • Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA)
  • International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA)

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