Elizabeth Dolan earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and served as the Senior Fellow in Literature & Medicine at the UNC-CH medical school. At Lehigh, she is Associate Professor of English, and the chair of the Literature & Social Justice Committee in the English department. Specializing in British Romantic-era literature, Dolan is especially interested in the history of medicine, children’s literature, and women’s writing in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is the author of the book Seeing Suffering in Women’s Literature of the Romantic Era (Ashgate 2008), editor of the children’s literature volume of The Works of Charlotte Smith (Pickering & Chatto 2007), and co-editor of Anna Seward’s Memoirs of Erasmus Darwin (Brewin Books 2010). In addition, Dolan has published articles on Mary Wollstonecraft, Charlotte Smith, Mary Shelley, Felicia Hemans, and post-Napoleonic travel writers. She is currently collaborating with composer Amanda Jacobs to set Charlotte Smith’s poem Beachy Head to music, and also writing a book on the ethical pedagogy of Charlotte Smith’s children’s literature. She currently serves as the book review editor of the Keats-Shelley Journal, and is a board member of the Keats-Shelley Association of America.
Dolan teaches undergraduate English courses including “Romantic Era Literature” as well as graduate courses in Romanticism on topics such as the Gothic, the body, children’s literature, and the literature of slavery and abolition. She also teaches courses cross-listed with the Health, Medicine, and Society program, including “The Literature of Contagion”, and “Contemporary Illness Narratives.” She won the Junior Teaching Award in for 2002-2003; she was named to a Frank Hook Assistant Professorship for academic years 2003-2004 and 2004-2005; and she won the Hillman Faculty Award in 2014. In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship to conduct research at the Chawton House Library in the UK.