Academic Degrees, Licenses, Credentials

University of Rhode Island, Ph.D. (English)

Central Connecticut State University, M.A. (English)

University of Connecticut, B.S. (English and Biological Sciences) 

Additional Information

Dr. Brittany Hirth joined the English faculty in 2018. Prior to joining DSU, she taught literature and writing courses for ten years for universities in Rhode Island and Connecticut. She specializes in American literature and has taught a wide array of survey and theme-based literature courses in addition to introductory and research-focused writing courses. Her American surveys mainly focus on literature from 1865 to the present and often consider central questions such as defining American identity or the role of historical and collective memory in fiction. Her research interests include trauma studies, war representation, and Jewish American and Holocaust literature. She primarily researches the aesthetics of absurdity and the role of black humor in war literature. Dr. Hirth has published on the fiction of Philip Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer, and the television series, The Walking Dead. She also published a personal interview with Vietnam War writer, Tim O’Brien.