Katherine Osborne

Katherine Osborne

Chair, Department of English, Communication, and Foreign Language; Professor of English

Phone: 304-637-1988
Campus Location: Charles E. Albert Hall


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

Teaching Areas

  • Nineteenth- 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, Elizabeth Gaskell and Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Material Culture Studies
  • Curriculum Design


  • “Wives, Daughters, and Worsted-Work:  The Trouble with Victorian Handiwork Culture.” Victorians Institute Journals. December 2019
  • “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.

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