Leeann Hunter (Ph.D., University of Florida, 2010) is Clinical Assistant Professor of English at Washington State University, where she teaches courses in nineteenth-century literature and culture, gender studies, professional communication, and digital technology and culture. In the classroom, she emphasizes 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. Her teaching interests include business in literature, gender and work, the rhetoric of advertising, collaborative consumption and production, and digital cultures.
Dr. Hunter researches professional culture, gender, and technology in the nineteenth century and the present, with emphasis on social economics. Her current book project, tentatively titled Daughters of Bankruptcy in Victorian Literature: Stories of Ruin, Work, and Survival, examines the historical evolution of women in professional and economic roles. Her article, “Communities Built from Ruins: Social Economics in Victorian Novels of Bankruptcy,” appears in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly. She has presented her research at BAVS, INCS, NCSA, Victorians Institute, MLA, and CCCC.