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About Hella Cohen, PhD

Hella Cohen specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, Anglophone global writing, and Israel-Palestine studies. She teaches courses cross-listed with Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, and Women's Studies. She studied English and Political Science as an undergraduate, and obtained her masters degree in English and American literature thereafter. As a doctoral student, her primary concentration was modern and contemporary literature of the Commonwealth and liberated British colonies, and her secondary concentration was eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British imperialist literature. Before pursuing her doctorate, she worked for the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Costume and Textiles Department, where she honed her love of material culture. This work provided the impetus for her interdisciplinary interests that lie at the intersections of literature, and material and visual culture. Dr. Cohen's broad-based training in British and postcolonial literature enable her to teach a range of authors, from Shakespeare to Jamaica Kincaid. Her latest research attempts to reconcile post-humanism/eco-criticism with the historically human-centric focus of postcolonial studies.


Present Assistant Professor, English, St. Catherine University English Department

Curriculum Vitae

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  • ENGL 4994: Topics in Literature
  • ENGL 3260: Literary Movements and Eras
  • ENGL 3250: Canons in Conversation
  • ENGL/WOST 2290: Women and Literature
  • ENGL 2280: Literary Themes
  • ENGL 2270W: Global Shakespeare (Writing Intensive)
  • ENGL 2200: Literary Theory and Practice
  • ENGL 1905W: College Writing
  • ENGL 1250: The Human Experience in Literature
  • CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman


2014 PhD, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas ‐ English Literature
2008 MA, New York University, New York, New York ‐ English and American Literature
2006 BA, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pennsylvania ‐ English

Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-6548