Karen Renner, PhD

Karen Renner Assistant Professor, Associate Chair
Northern Arizona University
American Literature
Blg 18 Rm #140D
Phone: 928-523-6012


Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2010



My research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature and popular culture of all kinds, but I have a special passion for horror. My most recent work combines horror and childhood studies: I authored Evil Children in the Popular Imagination, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016, and edited a collection of essays in 2012 titled The ‘Evil Child’ in Literature, Film and Popular Culture, which was published by Routledge. 

I try to design classes that challenge students to produce their best writing. Lately, I've also been exploring how alternatives to the academic essay--such as blogs, podcasts, websites, and animated videos--can facilitate learning while also adding a professional development component to my courses. Erin Stalcup and I are the creators and editors in chief of The Tunnels, NAU's undergraduate creative and critical journal. 

In my spare time, I also dabble in photography, which you can see on my blog at www.allotherprioritiesrescinded.wordpress.com.