Aleksandra Hernandez

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Areas of Interest
19th and 20th century American literature, science studies, history of distributed cognition, narrative theory

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame; University of Toronto, BA; University of Toronto, MA


Aleksandra completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Notre Dame in the summer of 2017, where she specialized in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. Currently, she holds a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, with a research focus on intersections among science, technology, and literature from an American pragmatist perspective.  In her dissertation, she argued for the importance of embodied practice to how we arrive at culturally-specific forms of conceptualization, symbolization, and representation in the writings of Melville, Thoreau, Hemingway, and Hurston, among others. Aleksandra sees her future research engaging questions about the literary strategies developed in this period for registering neurodiversity across animal species. 

Scholarly Activities/Publications:

“The (Non)Modern Imagination of a Noisy Williams,"  The William Carlos Williams Review, Vol. 32, No. 1, 2017, pp. 64-92.



Postal Address
Department of English
356 O'Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556