Professor Carolyn Williams specializes in Victorian literature and culture, with special interest in Victorian theater and Victorian poetry. She currently serves as Chair of the Department of English in New Brunswick. Until 2010 she was Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Writers at Rutgers and the Writers from Rutgers reading series. She was the founding Director of Writers House. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA). Outside Rutgers, she has served on the Supervisory Board of The English Institute and the Executive Board of The Dickens Project, and she now serves on the PMLA Advisory Committee as well as the editorial boards of Victorian Literature and Culture and English Literature in Transition. Her current research is on Victorian melodrama, conducted under the working title, “The Aesthetics of Melodramatic Form.” She was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004-5, the Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2010.
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