Krista Quesenberry is a postdoctoral Research Associate with the Hemingway Letters Project. Her dual-title Ph.D. was conferred December 2016 from the departments of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her areas of research and teaching interest include twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature and lifewriting, comics, medical humanities, scholarly editing, media and publication studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
Krista is currently working on a project relating to identity and identification in autobiographical comics about experiences of illness, disease, and disability, as well as the project that stems from her dissertation, "Post-Recovery: Reading at the Intersection of Modernist, Feminist, and Lifewriting Studies." Her article, "Life Writing and Graphic Narratives," co-authored with Susan Squier, appeared in the journal Life Writing.
In Spring 2017, Krista is teaching the interdisciplinary pilot course, Engl 297: Narrative Medicine: Stories and Comics. She has previously taught a range of courses both online and in-residence: Modernist American Literature to 1945 (Engl 133), Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Studies (Engl/WMNST 245), Introduction to Women's Studies (WMNST 100), Women in Art and Culture (WMNST 106), Technical Writing (Engl 202C), Advanced Technical Writing (Engl 418), Business Writing (Engl 202D), and first-year composition (Engl 15 and honors, Engl 30).
Krista has also served as a program assistant for the Program in Writing and Rhetoric , and held positions on the executive boards of the Modernist Studies Graduate Student Organization (MSW) and the English Graduate Organization (EGO), and served a full term as an appointed member of the President's Commission on LGBTQ Equity.
Before attending Penn State, Krista worked as an EFL instructor in Thailand and as a basic literacy tutor (through AmeriCorps) in Washington, D.C.