Arden Hegele
Lecturer in the Discipline of English and Comparative Literature
English and Comparative Literature, Society of Fellows in the Humanities

Arden Hegele, PhD, specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and the medical and health humanities. Her first book is Romantic Autopsy: Literary Form and Medical Reading, published with Oxford University Press in 2022. Her second book, Culture and Medicine: Critical Readings in the Health and Medical Humanities (co-edited with Dr. Rishi Goyal), was published in 2022 with Bloomsbury. Hegele’s research in Romanticism has appeared in core journals, such as European Romantic Review, Romanticism,The Byron Journal, and Keats-Shelley Journal; her articles also appear in Partial Answers, Gender and Education, and Persuasions. Her book reviews are featured in Public Books, Review 19, Studies in Romanticism, Victorian Network, Partial AnswersAvidlyNuncius: Journal of the History of Science, and (forthcoming) Modern Philology. She is a reviewer at British Medical JournalProse Studies, Keats-Shelley Journal, OUP, and other places.

At Columbia, Hegele’s teaching spans the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Medical Humanities major, the Core Curriculum, and the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia Medical Center. She is co-founding editor (with Dr. Rishi Goyal) of Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. She directs the Explorations in the Medical Humanities Series at the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities; co-directs the Motherhood and Technology Working Group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference; and coordinates the research of the  “Increasing Covid-19 Vaccine Confidence” project at Columbia World Projects. As principal conference organizer, she has hosted the Summer Institute of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Health and Medical Humanities Network at Columbia Global Centers | Paris and convened a major conference on Conception and Its Discontents for the Center for the Study of Social Difference.

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