Abigail currently teaches courses in world literature, fiction writing, and women’s studies. She is particularly interested in the relationship between religion and literature, contemporary rewritings of ancient stories, and gender theory – and she loves when opportunities arise to explore these interests in the classroom with her students.
Abigail’s publications include journal articles in Forum for Modern Language Studies and Journal of Gender Studies and essays in the collections Sex, Gender and Time in Fiction and Culture (Palgrave, 2011) and Mortified: Representing Women’s Shame (Indiana University Press, 2012). In addition, she contributed three articles to the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory (2010). Abigail has also published short fiction in several literary journals, such as Talking River Review, zaum, Melusine, and Caper Literary Journal.
Abigail earned her PhD in English from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland in 2011. Her dissertation, which was awarded St. Andrews' Samuel Rutherford Prize for the most distinguished doctoral thesis in English literature, was entitled Words Incarnate: Contemporary Women’s Fiction as Religious Revision. She also completed a master’s degree at St. Andrews in 2007, writing a thesis on Margaret Atwood’s short fiction. Abigail was given the competitive Overseas Research Scholarship for her PhD work at St. Andrews, and was also selected to participate in the international doctoral seminar of theorist Luce Irigaray in 2008.
Beyond the academic life, Abigail enjoys running, biking, watching reruns of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and spending time with her husband, Michael, and their two cats: Kafka and Ritter Tub-tubs.