Sarah is the Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature in the English Department at TCU. An affiliate of both the Women and Gender Studies Program and the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies Program, Sarah teaches courses in Writing Studies; American, global, and transatlantic literatures; authorship; archival methods; the history and praxis of American Studies; feminist inquiry methods; and public humanities.

Much of Sarah’s teaching involves mentoring and collaborating with students in the English Department’s graduate programs. She is especially proud of having co-authored a number of scholarly publications along with graduate students and to have collaborated in many interdisciplinary humanities projects (such as The Bluest Eye initiative and the Teaching Transatlanticism website) with both graduate and undergraduate students. 

Along with course offerings, Sarah’s teaching incorporates collaborative programs and workshops with educators, as well as an active agenda of public talks and conference sessions. (See her CV in the “About” section for examples.)


Sarah also cultivates opportunities for writing about her teaching through both traditional academic publications (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles and books published by academic presses) and less formal venues such as web publishing devoted to teaching stories. Here are several examples of Sarah’s writing about her teaching:

#MeToo Books: Entry Points for Men’s Understanding a Women’s Movement

The Best Books on Finding Home in American Storytelling

Fostering Global Learning at Home

Digital edition of Teachers’ Writing Groups:

Writing to Build Community in a Time of Stress


These links provide copies of several of Sarah’s undergraduate and graduate syllabi from TCU.

Undergraduate Courses

Writing Across Cultural Differences: a cultural rhetorics writing course valuing diversity and inclusiveness

Finding Finding Home-syllabus sample: A junior-level research seminar focused on diaspora, settlement, and resistance

Young Adult Literature in American Culture: A course originally envisioned along with several graduate students collaborating with me via a TCU Instructional Development Grant

US Women’s Writing

Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Graduate Courses

Seminar in archival scholarship


American Literature as a Field of Study: Twentieth- and Twenty-First Century Trends

Seminar in Transatlantic Print Culture of the Long Nineteenth Century, co-taught with Linda K. Hughes (2017)

Seminar in Transatlantic Print Culture: 2021 version

Cross-listed, Multi-disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Courses

Cultural Contact Zones: A lower-division Honors course that became a model for others’ classes on this topic

Writing Across Cultural Differences: a cultural rhetorics writing course valuing diversity and inclusiveness (cross-listed with Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies)

Feminist Inquiry, fall 2020

Major Projects for Feminist Inquiry:

Interview feature story

Performance Analysis

Feminist History

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