Sebastian Williams

Assistant Professor of English

Phone: 304-637-1431
Campus Location: Albert Hall


  • 2021, Ph.D., English, Purdue University
  • 2016, M.A., English, Wright State University
  • 2016, Graduate Certificate of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Wright State University
  • 2013, B.A., English, Heidelberg University


Sebastian Williams studies modernist literature and culture (1890-1945), concentrating on medicine, environmental health, animal studies, and bioethics. His work has appeared in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and Mosaic, among others.

His book, Modernist Parasites: Bioethics, Dependency, and Literature, Post-1900 (2023), analyzes biological and so-called social parasites in the modernist imagination. Topics include the history of medicine and science, posthumanism, and environmental health.

See his full CV here.


Williams teaches courses in literary studies, composition, and the ‘Writing in New Media’ program at Davis & Elkins College. Recent courses taught include:

  • ENGL 360 – “1947: South Asian Literature and Postcolonialism”
  • COMM 325 – “Environmental Communication”
  • ENGL 326 – “Writing for the Community” (Service-Learning)
  • ENGL 324 – “Writing in the Genres” (Multimodal Writing)
  • ENGL 220 – “British Literature II”