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Dorisa D. Costello, Ph.D.

Associate Professor—The School of Humanities and the Arts


  • Ph.D., English and Creative Writing, University of Illinois, Chicago

  • M.A., English with Creative Writing option, California State University, Los Angeles

  • B.A., English and Secondary Education, Linfield College


Dorisa loves the weird, the wild, and the things that go bump in the night. Her areas of interest include British 19th century literature, Gothicism, speculative fiction, women writers, and creative writing. As the first in her family to attend college, she understands the power that a small, tight-knit university can have to nurture and mentor and create community, things she values about Jessup and is excited to provide for others.


  • “Female Vampires as Embodied Critiques of Heteronormativity, Blood-mixing, and Patriarchy: From Carmilla to Fledgling” in Embodied Difference: Divergent Bodies in Public Discourse, Jamie A. Thomas and Christina Jackson, eds. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD., 2019.
  • “Undead Corpse/ Corpus: Textual Transmission and Butler’s Ek-static Subject in Le Fanu’s Carmilla” in Disease, Death, Decay in Literatures and Cultures, Ryszard W. Wolny and Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska, eds. Uniwersytet Opolski: Opole, Poland, 2018.
  • “‘Just Like Heaven’: Death, Dreaming, and Multmodality in Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts,” 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference: Dreams, Phantasms and Memories, University of Gdansk, Gdansk, Poland, 2018.
  • “What’s Love Got to Do with It?: The Language of Sex in Contemporary American Romance Novels.” The FIPLV Nordic-Baltic Region Conference, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2018.
  • “The Second Eric Sanderson: Multi-Textuality, Identity and Memory in Hall’s The Raw Shark Texts” in History, Memory and Nostalgia in Literature and Culture, Regina Rudaityte, ed. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, 2018.
  • “Everybody Loves an Idiot: the Demasculinization of the Father in American Sitcoms,” 7th International Conference Linguistic, Educational and Intercultural Research, Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017.
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