Jessica Campbell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English

Director of Honors Program

Office: Carnegie Hall 205

Phone: (618) 537-6890



Ph.D., English Literature, University of Washington (2015)

M.A., English Literature, University of Washington

B.A., English and American Literatures, Middlebury College (2009)


Teaching Interests

Romantic, Victorian, and 20th/21st-Century British Literature

World Literature

Literary Theory 


Fairy Tales




“Real Women Have Skins: The Enchanted Bride Tale in Her Body and Other Parties.” Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies 33.2 (Fall 2019).

“Teaching Composition with Fairy Tales: Two Approaches,” in Beyond the Frontier: Innovations in First-Year Composition, Anthology II, ed. Jill Dahlman and Tammy Winner (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018).

“Bluebeard and the Beast: The Mysterious Realism of Jane Eyre.Marvels & Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies 30.2 (Fall 2016): 234-50.

“Anne Brontë’s Realist Bluebeard.” Brontë Studies 41.4 (November 2016): 350-60.

“‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Great Expectations.” Dickens Quarterly 31.1 (March 2014): 32-41.

“The Good Place That Cannot Be: Visual Representations of Utopia on Mad Men,” in Mad Men, Women and Children: Gender and Generation in Mad Men, ed. Heather Marcovitch and Nancy Batty (Lexington Books, 2012): 91-104.


After Alice by Gregory Maguire, in Public Books (April 2016).

The Fairy Way of Writing: Shakespeare to Tolkien by Kevin Pask, in Modern Language Quarterly 77:2 (June 2016).

Fairy Tales, Natural History, and Victorian Culture by Laurence Talairach-Vielmas, in Victorian Periodicals Review 48:2 (Summer 2015): 283-284.

Works in Progress

The Brontës and the Fairy Tale from Angria to England [monograph]


Teaching Philosophy

In both composition and literature courses, I endeavor to balance high standards with scaffolding that meets students where they are. Centrally, I require students to read and write about difficult texts while keeping several things in view: that there are many ways to write well, that I am available to help them, that a person may both analyze and enjoy a text, and that the ultimate goal is for them to acquire skills that they can leverage in future academic and professional contexts.



Joan Webber Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of Washington, 2013


Organizations & Memberships

Modern Language Association

American Folklore Society

North American Victorian Studies Association

Children’s Literature Association