About Me

I'm Sharon, an early career researcher currently teaching at the University of Pittsburgh. I earned my PhD from West Virginia University. I live in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains near Pittsburgh, PA, with two dogs and six chickens. I enjoy spending time outdoors and bringing nature inside by tending my many house plants. I'm dedicated to healthy eating and weight lifting, and participate regularly in geek culture. I like dogs over cats, mountains over beaches, and coffee over tea.

You can reach me at SharonKellyEnglish [at] gmail.com. A PDF of my CV is available upon request.

Areas of Expertise

Victorian literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Pop Culture, Science Fiction, and Fantasy

Core Competencies
  • Research, synthesis, analysis
  • Instruction, student engagement, course development
  • Writing, copyediting
My Performance by the Numbers


Awards and Honors

Fellow, Provost Summer Graduate Fellowship

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, WVU English Department

Fellow, John C. and Mildred W. Ludlum Doctoral Fellowship

Nominee, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Arts and Sciences

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award

English Department Travel Award

Winner, Sally and Alan Cone Award for Outstanding Work in Women's and Gender Studies: “Bi-Sexual Bronte: Examining Gender in Villette.”

Member, Lloyd International Honor College: General Education Honors

WVU, 2016

WVU, 2016

WVU, 2015-2016

WVU, 2015

WVU, 2012-2017

WVU, 2012-2017

UNCG, 2010

UNCG, 2003-2007

Teaching Experience

University of Pittsburgh

Visiting Instructor, 2018-2019
NTS Faculty, 2017-2018

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Introduction to Feminist Theory; Fall 2018; 2 sections


Seminar in Composition
"Social Identity: Finding Self in Pop Culture" theme: Fall 2017-Spring 2018; 4 sections

West Virginia University

Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2011-2017


British Literature to 1800; Fall 2013

British Literature since 1800; Spring 2017

Poetry and Drama; Spring 2014

American Popular Culture
“SPACE: The Final Frontier” theme; Spring 2015

Science Fiction and Fantasy; Fall 2016


ENGL 101: Introductory Composition and Rhetoric
Fall 2011-Spring 2012; 4 sections

ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric
"Fandoms" Pop Culture theme: Spring 2015-Fall 2017; 4 sections
"Sitcoms" Pop Culture theme: Fall 2014; 2 sections
Fall 2012-Spring 2013; 4 sections

Research Projects

Conference Presentations

"Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and the Queer Alternative to Reality Above."
NeMLA Pittsburgh, PA 4/12-15/18

Penny Dreadful and Penny Dreadfuls: Re-covering the Sex and Spirit of Victorian Supernatural Characters.”
Victorians Institute Conference Greenville, SC 10/13-14/17

“Bradley, Cooper, Sappho: Three Generations in Michael Field’s Long Ago.”
British Women Writers Conference Chapel Hill, NC 6/22/17

“Women’s Rights through Women’s Education: A Lesson from Gloriana.”
Victorians Institute Conference Raleigh, NC 10/14/16

“Science and Magic: Experimental Work.”
Victorians Institute Conference Spartanburg, SC 10/3/15

“Rowling the Storyteller and Teachable Beedle.”
NeMLA Harrisburg, PA 4/6/14

“The Queer Orientalism of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.”
Queer Studies Conference Asheville, NC 4/5/13

Battlestar Galactica and the Madwoman in the Attic: The Interruption of the Apparition.”
International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts Orlando, FL 3/23/13

“Crowd Source” Moderator, Roundtable.
Paper, “Communion: Supernatural Connections in Collaborative Works.”
West Virginia University Graduate Colloquium Morgantown, WV 3/10/12

Service and Professional Experience

Conference Assistant, NeMLA 2018

Graduate Assistant, Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, Summers 2012-2017
     Research, writing and copy editing, marketing, accessions, archiving, library cataloguing

Judge, Brawner Expository Essay Contest, WVU, 2015

Graduate Assistant Editor, Victorian Poetry Journal, 2013-2014
     Fact checking, copy editing

Assistant, Victorian Poetry Journal 50th Anniversary Celebration and Conference, WVU, 2013
     Event Coordinating

Graduate Assistant, Lloyd International Honors College, UNCG, 2010-2011
     Events planning, admissions, special programming, database management

Sample Work

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Syllabus: British Literature Since 1800

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Syllabus: Composition "Fandom" Theme

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Syllabus: SciFi and Fantasy Literature

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Writing Sample: "Science and Magic: Experimental Work."

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Writing Sample: "Whose Time is it, Anyway? An Analysis and Synthesis of ‘Women’s Time’ and Reproductive Futurism."

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Writing Sample: Master's Thesis, "Euphemism’s Usefulness: Elusive Eros in the Novels of Charlotte Brontë."