Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kristen Renzi

Dr. Kristen Renzi

Assistant Professor, English Department

Assistant Professor, English Graduate Program

No Title, Gender and Diversity Studies Program

ML 4446
226 Hinkle

Phone: (513) 745-2047

Fax: (513) 745-3065


  • B.A. (Denison University)
  • M.A., M.F.A., Ph.D. (Indiana University)

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Kristen Renzi teaches and researches in the areas of Victorian and transatlantic 19th century literature, transatlantic modern literature, poetry, literature and science, performance studies, queer and feminist theory, visual media, and creative writing.

Professor Renzi comes to Xavier from Michigan State University, where she taught for the past two years; at Xavier, she is looking forward to teaching courses in Victorian and transatlantic literature, the history of poetry, critical theory, and literature and the moral imagination. Her scholarly work treats representations of embodiment of those that mainstream culture marks as “other”: women, racial/sexual minorities, immigrants, and ambiguously sexed/gendered individuals. Her current book project, An Ethic of Innocence: Pragmatism, Modernity, and Women’s Choice Not to Know, explores the persistence of the trope of female innocence across a wide range of transatlantic literary and cultural sites from the late nineteenth century to the present day.

Professor Renzi’s scholarly essays have appeared in or are forthcoming from The Lancaster Luminary, ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance, SubStance: A Review of Theory and Literary Criticism, and Modernism/modernity. Her poetry has appeared in Illya’s Honey, Monday Night, and Existere: A Journal of Art and Literature, and has been broadcast on the Indiana public radio program, The Poet’s Weave.

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