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About Cara Erdheim Kilgallen

Cara Erdheim Kilgallen is an Associate Professor of English in the Department of Languages and Literature at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT.  Her research and writing focus on American literature, comedy, environmental theory, disability studies, sports narratives, and Jewish American writing.  Dr. Kilgallen has published in the fields of American literary naturalism, African American writing, cultural food studies, ecocriticism, and Jewish narratives. Her current project explores the role of Jewish humor in American writing, the humanities, and higher education.  She identifies as a creator of stories and a connector of people, an academic, a professor of English, an author, and an avid athlete (figure skating, tennis, and golf).


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

Languages and Literatures
Catholic Studies
Martire Center BUCM*W314
917-705-3000 (non-transferable)


Recent Works (1)

Articles (5)

Contributions to Books (2)

Opinion (2)

Book Reviews (7)

Feature Article (4)

Dissertation (1)

Unpublished Works (2)