Katherine Osborne

Katherine Osborne, Davis & Elkins College

Katherine Osborne
Chair, Department of English, Communication & Foreign Language; Associate Professor of English
Location: Albert Hall 308
Phone: 304-637-1988

What I Find Rewarding About D&E:

Unlike a large school, D&E allows me to cultivate relationships with students that last beyond the end of the semester. I love seeing my students long after our class has ended—in the library, in the cafeteria, at the theater, or at various athletic events. For me, this intellectual, cultural, and social community is the most rewarding aspect of working at D&E.


  • Ph.D., University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.
  • M.A., University of Kentucky
  • B.A., Hanover College, Hanover, Ind.

Teaching Areas: 

  • Nineteeth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Gothic Literature
  • Poetry
  • The Novel
  • Research Methods
  • First-Year Writing
  • Place Studies

Research Interests/Professional Activities: 

  • Literature of the long nineteenth century, especially the works of Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Curriculum Design


  • “His and Hers: Gendered Ownership in Dombey and Son and Lady Audley’s Secret.” Victorian Literature and Culture. June 2017.
  • “First-Year Symposium: One College’s Response to the Perceived ‘Deficit’ in Civic Education.” Co-authored with Joe Roidt, Marty DeNicolo, Amy Kittle, and Brent Saindon. Communication Education. October 2016.
  • “Inherited Emotions: George Eliot and the Politics of Heirlooms.” Nineteenth-Century Literature. March 2010.