Brianna Beehler is a scholar and teacher of nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California and a 2020-2021 Mellon-Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellow. Her project, “Dollplay: Narrative Rituals in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” examines the ways that cultural practices surrounding nineteenth-century dolls shaped the novel’s form. Portions of “Dollplay” have appeared in or are forthcoming from Nineteenth-Century Literature and ELH. Grants from the Ralph and Jean Hovel Memorial Foundation, the USC Visual Studies Research Institute, the USC Graduate School, and the USC English Department have supported research for this project. She has also co-edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts with Grace Franklin and Devin Griffiths on “The G R E E N Conference,” the 35th annual meeting of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies. She holds a BA in English from Tufts University. Her cultural criticism has appeared in Public Books, Inside Higher Ed, Podcast Review: A Los Angeles Review of Books Channel, and elsewhere.

Her classroom experience began with teaching high school English in Indonesia as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. At the University of Southern California, she has also taught writing and literature courses for the Writing Program and the Thematic Option Honors Program. Contact her at [email protected] or @briannabeehler.