Brianna Beehler is a scholar 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,” a portion of which has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Literature, examines the ways that cultural practices surrounding nineteenth-century dolls created narrative rituals that sought to return those who are gone. Research for this project has been supported by the Ralph and Jean Hovel Memorial Foundation, the USC Visual Studies Research Institute, the USC Graduate School, and the USC English Department. 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 entitled “Imaginary Friends,” “Dolls,” “See How They Run,” and “Identity and Diversity” for the Writing Program and the Thematic Option Honors Program. Contact her at [email protected] or @briannabeehler.

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