Brianna Beehler is a scholar of nineteenth-century British literature and culture. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate and 2019-2020 Research Enhancement Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she is completing a dissertation, “Dollplay: Narrative Rituals in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” a portion of which is forthcoming from Nineteenth-Century Literature. “Dollplay” 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 public-facing writing has appeared in Public Books, Inside Higher Ed, 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. Her courses have ranged in focus from identity and diversity in American culture to gender and mobility in contemporary fiction. Contact her at [email protected] or @briannabeehler.