profile2016Leeann 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.


As a teacher, I aspire to build a community around my students that will empower them to practice emotional discipline and courage in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. The foundation I use to build up my students’ creativity and voice is the “finding your why” method, which draws up personal storytelling, narrative psychology, and literary analysis to help students define what core values move them to make a difference in their world. I draw upon this approach in every encounter I have with students to help them find the motivation they need to keep creating, writing, and revising.


My research engages in the cultures of work from the vantage point of cognitive and affective experiences as they pertain both to women’s professional narratives in Victorian England and students’ professional growth narratives in the 21st-century university. My research in Victorian literature includes engagement with authors ranging from Charles Dickens and George Eliot to the less well-known women writers Dinah Craik, Margaret Oliphant, and Amy Levy. I work with the essayists Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin, Samuel Smiles, Sarah Ellis, and Bessie Parkes, all of whom write extensively on cultural and humanistic surveys of work. My research in the 21st century professional narratives of students focuses on more recent developments in affective neuroscience, design thinking, and disability studies to connect a values-based pedagogy to long-term professional well-being.

Selected Publications

L. Hunter. “The Family Artist: Dinah Craik and Self-Help Narratives for Women.” (Submitted for review).

P. Ericsson, L. Hunter, T. Macklin, E. Edwards. “Composition at Washington State University: Building a Multimodal Bricolage.” Composition Forum 33 (2016).

L. Hunter. “The Embodied Classroom: Deaf Gain in Multimodal Composition and Digital Studies.” Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy 8 (2015).

L. Hunter. “Communities Built from Ruins: Social Economics in Victorian Novels of Bankruptcy.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 39.3 (2011): 137-152.