Dr. Elizabeth K. Haller
Associate Professor of English
B.A. University of Northern Colorado
M.A. Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Kent State University
Dr. Haller is an associate professor of English at Northern, having joined the faculty in 2009. She holds a BA in English from the University of Northern Colorado (1999), a MA in English literature from Central Michigan University (2003), and a Ph.D in English literature from Kent State University (2009). Dr. Haller has been teaching university-level English literature and composition since 2003. Prior to teaching, she was a legal assistant for a prominent environmental law firm in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Haller was also editor in chief of the international pedagogical e-journal Academic Exchange Extra, and worked as a staff writer and freelance journalist for The Muskegon Chronicle, with several of her articles picked up by the Associated Press.
Dr. Haller serves on several campus committees and is currently Faculty Advisor for the NSU Student Association and The Exponent. Additionally, since 2011, Dr. Haller has organized and led a two-week summer Literary Tour of Europe for students and community members, travelling to such locations as England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Her areas of specialization include the writings of the BrontÃ« sisters, 19th-century British literature, psychoanalytic criticism, trauma theory, Tolkien scholarship, and Harry Potter scholarship. Her scholarly interests include social influences and implications of the Victorian novel, 19th-century gender studies, and the labor reform movement.
Outside of teaching, Dr. Haller enjoys national and international travel, hiking, and old movies.
"The Events of My Insignificant Existence": Traumatic Testimony in the Novels of Charlotte BrontÃ«. Under review with Palgrave Macmillan.
"Dante Allighieri". Icons of the Middle Ages. Ed. Lister Matheson. Vol. 1. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio/Greenwood, 2011. 243-270. Print.
"Perception and the Suppression of Identity in Villette". BrontÃ« Studies: The Journal of the BrontÃ« Society 35.2 (2010): 149-159. Print.
Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature. Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. 3 vols. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2010. Print.
"Introduction to Willa Cather's O Pioneers!" - vol. 1
The Role of Nature in O Pioneers! - vol. 1
"Responsibility in O Pioneers!" - vol. 1
"Suffering in O Pioneers!" - vol. 1
"Introduction to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"Physical and Moral Illness in A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"Identity in A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"The Role of Ethics in A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"Guise and the Act of Concealment in Jane Eyre. BrontÃ« Studies: the Journal of the BrontÃ« Society 28 (2003): 205-213. Print.
Specialized reader for BrontÃ« Studies (2011-present)
BrontÃ« sister specialized reader for LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory (2010-present)
Haller's article "Guise and the Act of Concealment in Jane Eyre" is recognized by renowned literary critic Harold Bloom as recommended reading in his critical study Charlotte BrontÃ«'s Jane Eyre (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations), New York: Chelsea House Publications, 2007.
She also received the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Women's Studies Association's Award for Scholarly Excellence in Women's Studies for her conference paper,titled "Red Flood of Reform: Lola Ridge's The Ghetto and the Role of Women in the Labor Reform Movement".