Meghan E. Hall
Dissertation Advisor(s): Ania Loomba
"Out of Compass: English Women's Writing and the Cultures of Travel, 1604-1680"
Associate Director for Graduate Studies, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
My research interests include 16th- and 17th-century English literature, race and gender studies, and literary depictions of traveling or itinerant women. My dissertation, "Out of Compass: English Women's Writing and the Cultures of Travel, 1604-1680," explores the relationship of gender, travel, and literary production in seventeenth-century women's writing.
At Penn, I served on the Graduate English Association as Events Newsletter Editor, Social Chair, and ABD Representative, consecutively. I was also the Co-coordinator for the PreModern Studies Working Group (formerly the Medieval-Renaissance Seminar) in 2017-2018, and the Coordinator for the Graduate Revision Workshop in 2018-2019. I was a selected participant in the Folger Shakespeare Library's yearlong colloquium, "Gender, Race and Early Modern Studies," the inaugural program in the Folger's ongoing "Race B4 Race" series. I also organized panels and workshops at the Renaissance Society of America and Attending to Early Modern Women conferences.
I received my M.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013, and my B.S. in English from SUNY Oneonta in 2012.