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About Cara Erdheim Kilgallen

Cara Erdheim Kilgallen started at Sacred Heart University in the fall of 2010. Since then, she has thoroughly enjoyed teaching students across majors and colleges through her first-year seminars on sports literature, seminars in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and experiencing laughter in literature.  Her upper-level courses range in topic from disability literature to writings about fitness and food.  An avid athlete involved in competitive figure skating and tennis, she feels particularly passionate about American sports writing as an area of teaching and scholarship.  Her research and writing focus on American literature, environmental theory, disability studies, sports narratives, and Jewish American writing.  While working on a long-term book project about disability, sport, sustainability, and America's literary landscape, Dr. Kilgallen has published in the fields of twentieth-century American literature, African American writing, literary naturalism, ecocriticism, and cultural food studies.   


September 2018 - Present Associate Professor English, Sacred Heart University English Department
September 2010 - August 2018 Assistant Professor & Director, Writing Across the Curriculum, Sacred Heart University English Department

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Sacred Heart University Research Grant
  • Sacred Heart University Creative Teaching Grant
  • Tenure and Promotion 2018/2019 AY


  • American Sports Stories
  • Disability Discourse
  • Independent Study
  • Capstone Course in Literature
  • American Renaissance Revisited
  • American Voices
  • Catholic Intellectual Tradition Seminar
  • Experiencing Literature


2001 - 2010 PhD, Fordham University ‐ Department of English
1997 - 2001 BA, English & Spanish, Colby College

Contact Information

English Department
Catholic Studies
Academic Bldg HC221I
917-705-3000 (non-transferable)


Forthcoming Publications (2)

Research Works (2)

Unpublished Works (1)

Articles (2)

Contributions to Books (1)

Book Reviews (7)

Dissertation (1)