Kirsten Parkinson, Ph.D.

Director, Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature; Professor of English

Kirsten Parkinson



  • A.B., Harvard University
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies, University of Southern California

Kirsten Parkinson teaches courses in British and world literature, gender studies, film studies, and creative writing and has led study-abroad trips to Japan and England. While her Ph.D. is in Victorian literature, she loves that Hiram College gives professors and students freedom to explore wide-ranging interests and enjoys mentoring students to find the right opportunities to fit their passions. Her recent publications are in creative nonfiction, including the 2022 essays “Recipe for Pink Hair” and “Stuck.” In a previous life, she worked as a staff writer for a magazine for IT professionals.

As the Director of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature, she arranges for authors to visit campus, coordinates student writing contests, and plans the multi-event community reading programs. She serves on various campus committees.

  • “Stuck.” Creative Nonfiction. Gordon Square Review, May 2022, online
  • “Recipe for Pink Hair.” Creative Nonfiction. Arcturus Magazine, March 1, 2022, online
  • “The Family Cremains.” Creative Nonfiction. Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, vol. 64, no. 2, Spring/Summer 2021, pp. 137-149
  • “Discussing the Complexities of Citizenship Within ‘Half of a Yellow Sun.’” Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards. September 2020.
  • “On Giving Up Antidepressants During a Pandemic.” Creative Nonfiction. Broad Street July 2020, online
  • “Mrs. Rochester’s Story: Franco Zeffirelli’s Adaptation of Jane Eyre.” Literature/Film Quarterly, vol. 43, no. 1, 2015, pp. 18-33
  • “Where Else.” Creative Nonfiction. Confrontation, Fall 2014, pp. 181-191
  • “‘What do you play, boy?’: Card Games in Great Expectations.” Dickens Quarterly, vol. 27, no. 2, 2010, pp. 119-138

British and world literature, gender studies, film studies, and creative writing including:

  • ENGL 10600: Telling Stories
  • ENGL 20300: Introduction to Film Analysis
  • ENGL 24100: Literary Perspectives on Women
  • ENGL 25700: History of Film and Cinema
  • ENGL 35600: 19th-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 35700: 20th-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 35900: World Literature
  • WRIT 22100: Basics of Creative Writing

Learn MOre

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature views reading and writing as foundations of the liberal arts tradition, of lifelong learning, and of culture in all its forms.

The Center for Writing and Literature offers special opportunities for all Hiram College writers and readers.

Fun Facts

  • Collects wind-up toys in her office
  • Volunteers in the cat adoption room at the Cleveland Animal Protective League
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