Lecturer in Humanities and English
Linwood House 116
Professor Hedlin’s teaching specialties include early and nineteenth-century American literature, popular religious fiction, American women writers, the novel and genre theory, and writing and research. She also teaches and researches at the intersection of literature, religion, and mind-science, a juncture that informs an article she has published in the Journal of American Studies, “‘Was There Not Reason to Doubt?’: Wieland and Its Secular Age.” In the classroom, she commits to listening closely to students and giving them opportunities to second-guess their first impressions. She structures lessons with variety and student collaboration in mind. At Valparaiso, she teaches courses in both the English department and Christ College.
Professor Hedlin is currently revising her dissertation, “Novel Faiths: Nonsecular Fiction in the Late Nineteenth-Century U.S.,” into a book manuscript that considers how American Protestants used popular religious novels to catalyze changes in their faiths. She argues that the formal features of the novel— its dealings in plots and protagonists and layering of multiple forms and points-of-view —made it a key testing ground for new Protestant worldviews, helping believers respond to seismic events like the rise of Darwinian evolution, the death toll of the Civil War, and the failures of Reconstruction.
Professor Hedlin has previously held interdisciplinary fellowships with the University of Illinois’s Network for Neuro-Cultures and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities.
Ph.D. – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2018
B.A. – Augustana College, IL, 2011