Hannah Wells received her BA from the University of Chicago and her MA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her dissertation, Fallen Subjects: American Pragmatism and the Color Line, examines the relationship between early pragmatist thought and popular conceptions of race in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
She began teaching at Penn in 2003 and has taught courses on US political theory, American fiction, law and literature, and religion in the US.
Her broader interests include continental philosophy and the history of psychology.
In 2004-2005 Hannah served as graduate co-director of the Penn English Program in London.
She has also served as graduate coordinator of the American Literature Seminar, a reading group for faculty and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2004 she won the Patrick Day Essay Award for graduate-student writing in the Penn English department.