Veda Gerlach

Veda Gerlach
PhD Candidate
04 Tate Hall

BA in Secondary English Education, Murray State University, 2014

MA in English, Murray State University, 2017

PhD in English, University of Missouri-Columbia (in Progress)

Research and Teaching

Areas of Study

  • Early Modern/Renaissance Literature

Teaching and Research

At Mizzou, I have taught Writing and Rhetoric, Intermediate Composition, and Introduction to British Literature.

My research currently focuses on the works of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. I am interested in the ways she manipulates expectations, from blending genres to her own self-fashioning as a public figure. Of particular interest are the ways Cavendish redefines literature,

creating a space where she is not only permitted to speak on issues considered “unfit” for women, but also where, by the very nature of her definition, she must be celebrated.


Pronouns: she/her/hers