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Associate Professor, English 
Coordinator, Literature Program

Pictured is Barbara Barrow, Ph.D., assistant professor of British literature. | Photo by Jim JudkisContact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and German, Georgia State University
  • Master of Arts, English and American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Doctor of Philosophy, English Literature, Washington University in St. Louis

Courses Taught

  • Zadie Smith
  • Joyce and Woolf
  • Oscar Wilde
  • The Brontës and After
  • Women and Empire
  • Literary Criticism
  • Detective Fiction
  • Sex, Gender, and the Victorians
  • British Literature II
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Special Topics: Mad Science & Lit
  • Intro to Literary Studies


Barbara Barrow, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English and coordinator of the literature program in the Department of Literary Arts and Social Justice at Point Park University. Barrow came to Point Park from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her Ph.D. in August 2014. She is the author of a monograph, Science, Language, and Reform in Victorian Poetry: Political Dialects (Routledge, 2019), a novel, The Quelling, (Lanternfish Press, 2018), and of articles and reviews on nineteenth-century literature, women, gender, and sexuality, and ecocriticism and ecology.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth-century literature and culture
  • Literature and science
  • Women and gender
  • Poetry and politics
  • Environmental humanities

Selected Publications

  • Science, Language, and Reform in Victorian Poetry: Political Dialects. Routledge:  The Nineteenth Century Series, 2019.
  • “‘Shattering’ and ‘Violent’ Forces: Gender, Ecology, and Catastrophe in George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss (1860).” Forthcoming in Victoriographies.
  • "Deep Time and Epic Time in Alfred Tennyson's In Memoriam (1850), Matthew Arnold’s Empedocles on Etna (1852), and Mathilde Blind's The Ascent of Man (1884).” Nineteenth Century Contexts, May 2018. 
  • "Gender, Language, and the Politics of Disembodiment in Aurora Leigh.” Victorian Poetry, Autumn 2015.
  • "The Waterloo of Democracy against Despotism’: Internationalism and Poetic Repetition in Ernest Jones’s Periodicals," Victorian Periodicals Review, Winter 2015.
  • "Speaking the Social Body: Language-Origins and Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution," Journal of Victorian Culture, May 2014.

Selected Presentations

  • “Deep Time and Radical Ecology in Emily Brontë’s Poems.” Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Conference, Rochester, New York, March 2020 (upcoming).
  • “Darwin and Gender in Colonial India: The Poems of Adela Florence Nicolson.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Conference, Dallas, Texas, March 2019.
  • “Transnational Feminist Pedagogy: A Case Study from Brit Lit 2.” National Women’s Studies Association, San Francisco, California, November 2019 

Honors and Awards

  • Foreword Reviews Indies Gold Winner for Literary Fiction, 2018
  • Baylor University Armstrong Browning Library Visiting Scholars Research Fellowship, May 2016
  • Center for the Humanities Graduate Fellowship at Washington University, Spring 2014
  • Washington University Dissertation Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Center for the Humanities Reading Group Grant, 2013-2014, 2012-2013
  • Humanities Digital Workshop Graduate Fellowship, 2012
  • Washington University Graduate Fellowship, 2009-2010

Service and Leadership

  • Coordinator, Literature program at Point Park University
  • Co-Convener, Literary Arts Undergraduate Research Symposium at Point Park University

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