Dr. Elizabeth Child

Professor of English

Phone: 202-884-9238
Office: Main 336


  • B.A., English/French, University of Virginia
  • M.A., English, University of North Carolina
  • Ph.D., English, University of Maryland


  • History of the novel
  • Book history
  • Women's writing
  • Gothic literature
  • African-American literature
  • Curricular reform initiatives
  • Assessment of student learning outcomes

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My teaching emphasizes the development and practice of critical thinking and writing skills, regardless of the course topic. Students present with a wide variety of learning styles, so teaching methods must be varied and attentive to individual student needs. My methods include class discussion, lecture, small group assignments and discussion, small group assignments and discussions, formal papers, informal reflection papers, journals, peer review, research, and oral presentations. Intellectual curiosity, respect for the ideas and feelings of others, seriousness of purpose, a good work ethic, and a passionate belief that through the study of literature we may discover the purpose and meaning of our lives: these are the values at the heart of my approach to teaching and learning.