Arden Hegele
Lecturer in English and Comparative Literature, Medical Humanities Fellow
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. She is interested in the intersection of medical knowledge with formalist and historicist literary approaches. Her two forthcoming scholarly books are Romantic Autopsy: Literary Form and Medical Reading (Oxford University Press) and Culture and Medicine: Critical Readings in the Health and Medical Humanities, co-edited with Dr. Rishi Goyal (Bloomsbury). Her research in Romanticism has been published in core journals, such as European Romantic Review, Romanticism, The Byron Journal, and Keats-Shelley Journal, and she has also published in Partial Answers, Gender and Education, and Persuasions. Her book reviews are featured in Public Books, Review 19, Studies in Romanticism, Victorian Network, Partial Answers and Avidly

At Columbia, Hegele has taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, in the Medical Humanities major at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is a co-founding editor (with Dr. Rishi Goyal) of Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. Other projects have included the direction of the Explorations in the Medical Humanities Series at the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities; co-direction of the Motherhood and Technology Working Group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference; coordination of the “Increasing Covid-19 Vaccine Confidence” project; and administration of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Health and Medical Humanities Network, including hosting its Summer Institute at Columbia Global Centers | Paris. 

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