Associate Professor of English
Chair, Department of English
College of Arts and Sciences 222
Sara R. Danger came to Valparaiso University in 2004 as a Lilly Postdoctoral Fellow in English and the humanities; she joined the English department in 2006.
In the classroom, Danger encourages students to grapple with the complexities of literature and to stretch their empathetic responses to the various perspectives raised by texts. She values literature for placing readers inside profound questions of human experience and wants to share that with her students.
Her teaching interests include 19th-century British and American literature, visual culture, gender studies, and children’s literature.
Danger’s research focuses on Victorian visual culture, women’s writing, and children’s agency and authorship in the nineteenth century. She has published articles in Interfaces, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Philology Quarterly, and Word and World. She is editor of a new critical, illustrated edition of Frances Trollope’s Domestic Manners of the Americans (Broadview Press, 2015). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript entitled Face to Face: Women Writers and Victorian Visual Culture, 1830-1880 and beginning a new project on children’s authorship in the nineteenth century.
Ph.D. – University of Kansas, M.A.– South Dakota State, B.A.–Concordia College (Moorhead)