Dr. Kate Behr

Sessional Professor of Literature

Kate Behr moved from England to the United States in 1995, and has been living the connections between theology and literature ever since – both in the classroom (as a Professor of English at a Christian college) and in the home. Her research interests in popular culture have led her to speak and to publish on romantic fakery, sensation fiction, narrative, and Harry Potter (examining the shift from a classical pagan myth in Book One to a Christian myth in Book Seven). Her interest in theology and children’s/young adult literature owes a lot to her experiences with her three children and church. She still reads children’s books.


1989-93   D.Phil, Pembroke College, Oxford University. Supervisor: Dr. Kate Flint

Thesis title: The Perfect Gentleman: the representation of men in the English Gothic Novel 1762-1820 - an examination of male stereotypes (both of character and of role) as manifestations of a formula in Gothic fiction.

1984-87   B.A. Hons. First Class (= U.S. summa cum laude) English and Drama/Theatre-Studies. Royal Holloway & Bedford New College, University of London.

Courses:  Middle English; Shakespeare; English Literature from 1780-1880; English Literature from 1880-present day; Origins of Drama; Renaissance Theatre; Theatre in Europe and America from 1850-present day; and Stage Design.

  • Freelance copyediting
    • 1993-present. St.Vladimir’s Seminary Press.
    • 1990 - W.H. Allen, U.K.
    • Scoring SAT Essays for Pearson – 6/05
    • Writing articles on seminary life for St Vladimir’s Seminary website – 7/09 -> present
    • Book
      •  The Representation of Men in the English Gothic Novel 1762-1820. Edwin Mellen Press,2002. Preface by Dr. Kate Flint.
      • Article/Book Chapters
        • “Philosopher’s Stone to Resurrection Stone: Narrative transformations across the Harry Potter Series” IN Heilman, Elizabeth (ed.) Critical Perspectives on Harry Potter. NY and London: Routledge, 2008.
        • “‘Same-as-Difference’:  Narrative Transformations and Intersecting Cultures in Harry Potter.” Journal of Narrative Theory 35.1 (Winter 2005): 111-131.
        • Reviews: Multiple reviews in Notes & Queries, and reviews in St Vladimir’s Seminary Quarterly  and CrossCurrents

        Work in Progress

        • Revising an article on Narrative and Mary Elizabeth Braddon for publication
        • Preparing an article on the romantic poetry of William Henry Ireland.
  • 4/10  “Thomas More’s Utopia” to LIRIC (Learning in Retirement Iona College).
  • 4/08 “Philosopher’s Stone to Resurrection Stone: Narrative transformations across the Harry Potter Series” AERA (American Education Research Association).
  • 4/07 “What Price Empathy?” CEA National Conference (College English Association)
  • 4/05 “Holes in the Text: Narrative Spaces in the Work of Mary Elizabeth Braddon” CEA Conference (College English Association).
  • 7/03 “William Henry Ireland” NSSR National Conference (North American Society for Studies in Romanticism).
  • 8/02 “’Same as Difference: Narrative Transformations in Harry Potter’ at NYCEA Conference, Niagara, NY.
  • 10/01. “Harry Potter” for Concordia College’s ”Books and Coffee” series.
  • 6/00. “Technology and Pedagogy in the Humanities Classroom.” Conference on Technology and Teaching, Iona College, NY.
  • 4/00 “William Henry Ireland: Notorious Shakespeare Forger and Quintessential Romantic”. Dean’s Symposim. Iona College, NY.
  • 10/99. “Satan’s Bridge: crossing temporal and cultural boundaries in Paradise Lost” at NYCEA Conference, Canisius College, NY.
  • 7/95. Public lecture: “All you need to know about Shakespeare's Tempest but....”. Exeter University Summer School.
  • 8/95. Public lecture: “From sensational page to melodramatic stage: a comparison of narrative techniques.” Exeter University Summer School.
  • 9/94. Open Lecture: “From Nosferatu to the Count: a Feast of Vampires”, Exeter University. UK.
  • 4/94. Lecture: “Wicked Monks in the Gothic Romance: secular theology and sensational thrills”, New York Patristics Society.
  • 7/92. “Is there a Female Gothic?”, HELAS seminar series, Oxford University.
  • 4/92. “Not Guilty: a defence of George Eliot's narrative style”, Nineteenth-century Seminar, Oxford University.


Teaching Experience: 

5/07                        Professor of English, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY.

Courses and duties as below. Additional committee service (Academic Policies Committee, Rentention Committee, Academic Review Committee, Expo Day, Renaissance/Reform Commitee). New courses designed and taught with new pedagogy: Com 110 as hybrid learning course. Art of Debate as EXL course.

5/05-6/07            Associate Professor of English, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY .

Courses and duties as below. Additional committee service (Experiential Learning, Information Literacy). New courses designed and taught in addition to those below: Origins of Drama; Intro to Drama.

7/00 - 5/05 Assistant Professor of English, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY.

Courses include:  British Literature Survey from the Romantics through the Victorians; American Literature Survey of the Nineteenth-Century; The British Novel from Austen to Forster; The American Novel; Critics, Criteria and Criticism; Modern Drama; Origins of Drama; multiple sections of Writing/Speaking to Inform and Writing/Speaking to Persuade, and Writing in Academic Contexts; Shakespearean Drama; and Oral Interpretation of Dramatic Literature. Apart from teaching and advising, I have also acted as the Faculty Mentor for the college literary magazine and served on several committees (Plagiarism, Book-ordering, ILC, NCATE, Capstone Course). From 2002-Fall 2003, I was the ILC Coordinator.

‘98-‘00        Assistant Professor of English, Iona College, NY.            

Undergraduate courses taught included core literature courses - British Literature from the beginnings to 1800, and British Literature from 1800 to the present day - and freshman composition, as well as an interactive writing lab focusing on grammar. Graduate courses included seventeenth-century poetry and eighteenth-century literature and culture. Apart from teaching, I was involved in a college-wide committee examining grading trends, and did student-teaching observations

‘98-00         Writing and Academic Skills Advisor, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

Tutored selected, non-traditional students struggling with writing, who needed better study skills.

1997-98       SCOPE Program, Iona College, Writing Specialist.

I provided academic writing support to at-risk students within the SCOPE Program. This involved intensive one-to-one tutoring in basic writing and research skills as well as group workshops in specific aspects of the writing process. I was also responsible for producing the SCOPE Program quarterly newsletter.

1994-95       Exeter University, UK, Tutor/Lecturer to Testamur in English Language Studies.

I was responsible for constructing and teaching three courses:- Nineteenth-century British Literature; Critical & Cultural Reading; and Academic Essay Writing. Students' ages ranged from seventeen to thirty.

1991-93        Oxford University, Pembroke College, Lecturer.

My responsibilities included constructing, teaching and examining nineteenth- and twentieth-century British Literature courses for First Year students. I was also closely involved in the Admissions procedure of the College.

Oxford University, individual courses at various colleges.

  • Wadham College. – Second Year course in British Literature from 1740-1830.
  • Wadham College. I supervised a finalist's thesis on the works of Fanny Burney and Maria Edgeworth from a twentieth-century feminist perspective.
  • Pembroke and Hertford Colleges. Weekly seminar classes on 'Practical Criticism', concentrating on how to read texts and subtexts.
  • St. Catherine's College. Elective introduction to 'British Women Novelists of the Nineteenth Century'.
Church & Professional Activities: 


9/08      Chair, English Program.

Duties include staffing and mentoring faculty, curriculum planning, co-ordinating activities, preparing and maintaining the budget for the Program..

9/08 - 01/09     Assistant Dean for Arts and Science:

Duties included staffing, monitoring/mentoring faculty, serving on administrative committees, strategic planning. Also taught two courses. Position terminated due to financial exigency.

9/04 - 09/08 Director of Fellows (Honors) Program:

Duties included designing program, recruiting and assessing students, planning and facilitating extra-curricular activities, organizing Fellows classes and Colloquies, mentoring the Editor for the Fellows Journal, facilitating its production, and maintaining the Fellows budget.

Other Work Experience: 

Awards and Prizes

1999                 Two Faculty Information Technology Initiative awards, Iona College, including a $2000 award for a  technology and teaching project.

1991-93            Browning Studentship, Pembroke College, Oxford, [stipend and membership of the Senior Common Room].

1989-92            British Academy Major State Studentship [full tuition and maintenance - held for three years].

1987                 Harrison Prize for the best, combined arts degree at Royal Holloway & Bedford New College in that year.