Leeann Hunter received her PhD in English from the University of Florida. Her dissertation examines the relationship between bankruptcy and the rise of the Victorian daughter as social entrepreneur. In her research on the Victorian period, she focuses on the economics of the family, the machinery of social relationships, and the emotional impact of financial disasters. Her article “Communities Built from Ruins: Social Economics in Victorian Narratives of Bankruptcy,” appears in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly.
In the classroom, she demonstrates a passion for collaborative learning and community-building, by introducing students to such themes as “collaborative consumption” and “invention mobs,” where students both study and practice different forms of collaboration and creativity. She also has a passion for working with at-risk students who face additional obstacles in the classroom. As a child of deaf adults, who learned American Sign Language before speaking English, she has developed a unique relationship with language acquisition, reading comprehension, and oral communication. In her struggle to master these skills, she gained insight into how to guide students to emulate her path.
In addition to her formal academic scholarship and teaching, she has been immersed in Spanish language and culture, through study abroad, travel, translation projects, and personal relationships. These personal relationships, both in Spain and South Florida, have nurtured her understanding of Spanish and Latino communities.