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About Karen Swallow Prior

Karen Swallow Prior, Professor of English at Liberty University, earned her Ph. D. and M. A. at the State University of New York at Buffalo and her B. A. at Daemen College.

Her scholarly work has appeared in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era; The Shandean; The Scriblerian and various literary encyclopedias.

She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press 2012) and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist(Thomas Nelson 2014). She is a regular writer at Christianity Today and Think Christian. Her writing also appears at The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Gospel Coalition, Books and Culture, The Other Journal, Comment, Sojourners, The High Calling, Relevant, and Salvo.

Prior received the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2013, was named Faculty of the Year by the Multicultural Enrichment Center in 2010, received the Sigma Tau Delta (LU chapter) Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, and was the 2003 recipient of the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a member of the graduate faculty and teaches British literature primarily, with a specialty in eighteenth century British literature, which she loves for its emphasis on philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, community, and the “middle way.”

She is a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Senior Fellow in Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, and a member of Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She served as Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at Liberty University from 2008-2012.

Prior lives in rural Virginia with her husband along with sundry dogs, horses, and chickens.

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Present Professor of English, Liberty University
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