Hilary Fezzey

Dr. Hilary

Gender Studies | First Year Seminar | English
Office: Swenson Hall 3090


Hilary is a professor of English at UW-Superior (UWS), where she teaches courses in British and world literature and literary theory in the Department of Writing, Language, and Literature. She is also the Research and Writing Specialist in the TRIO McNair Scholars Program at UWS. Hilary has essays in Re-viewing Thomas Holcroft, the Adam Smith Review, Big Picture Pedagogy, and the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, and she served as an editor and contributor for the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Colloquia, co-hosted by the Keats-Shelley Association of America and Romantic Circles.

Her approach to teaching is student-centered, and she designs her courses based on learning goals that foster critical thinking. She views her role as a facilitator who creates a classroom environment and activities that give all students the opportunity to produce knowledge through hands-on practice, collaborative learning, and inclusive excellence.

In her spare time, Hilary enjoys spending time with her family (especially in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan), reading mysteries, traveling, and doing yoga.

Research Interests

Hilary’s research in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature examines prose representations of the abolition movement, the emerging working classes, and neurodiversity from the perspectives of cultural studies, disability studies, and gender studies. She also conducts scholarship of teaching and learning about fostering critical thinking, global awareness, and antiracism in the general education literature classroom through strategies such as invented dialogues, literary mapping, and antiracist pedagogy.


  • 2022 – Inclusivity Award, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • 2016 – Council Award for Outstanding Service, University of Wisconsin System Office of Professional and Instructional Development
  • 2013 – Max H. Lavine Award for Scholarly Contributions to Contemporary Concerns, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • 2007, 2008 – Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching, Purdue University


  • 2008 – Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – English, Purdue University
  • 2003 – Master of Arts (M.A.) – English, Purdue University
  • 2000 – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – English, Northern Michigan University