Curriculum Vitae

Sebastian Williams

Purdue University, Department of English


Purdue University | PhD in English (in progress)

Wright State University | Master of Arts (2016) and Certificate of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2016)

Heidelberg University | Bachelor of Arts (2013)


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • “Woolf’s Bioethics: Animals and Dependency in ‘The Widow and the Parrot.’” Woolf Studies Annual, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020.
  • “Anthropocentric Ableism and Virginia Woolf’s Flush.” Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, vol. 53, no. 1, 2020, pp. 107-23.
  • “Rogue Bodies: Disabled Antiheroes and the Pop-Culture Saga in Vikings” (co-authored with Alex Long). Journal of Popular Culture, vol. 53, no. 1, March 2020, pp. 129-47.
  • “The Gothic Grotesque: Disability and Monstrosity in Faulkner’s Sanctuary.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, vol. 13, no. 4, 2019, pp. 461-76.
  • “Silence and Mediation: Narrative Form in Bapsi Sidhwa’s Cracking India.” South Asian Review, vol. 40, no 1-2, 2019, pp. 20-33.
  • “Contaminated Salts and Volatile Ethers: Jekyll and Hyde and the Pharmacy Act.” Journal of Stevenson Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, Fall 2016, pp. 149-66.

Fellowships and Grants

2019-20 | Robert Liddell Lowe Graduate Scholarship

2019 | National Humanities Without Walls Fellowship (Mellon Foundation)

2018 | Purdue Summer Research Fellowship


  • Editorial Assistant – Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies. 2018 to Present. Published by Purdue University Press.
  • Managing Editor – Emily Dickinson Journal. 2015 to 2016. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Refereed Conference Presentations

National/International Conferences

“Woolf’s Children’s Literature: Disability and Animal Ethics in ‘The Widow and the Parrot.’” International Virginia Woolf Conference. 4-6 June 2019. Mount St. Joseph University, Cincinnati, OH.

“Intelligible Bodies: Statistics and Social Physics in Barrett Browning’s Aurora Leigh.” British Women Writers Conference. 25-27 April 2019. Auburn University, Auburn, AL.

“Parasites and Public Health: Nonhuman Actors in Great Depression Literature.” Heidelberg Spring Academy. 18-24 March 2019. Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany.

  • 20-person international consortium; approx. 10-percent acceptance rate.

“The Judicial Organism: Nonhuman Law and Bare Life in Kafka’s The Trial.Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900. 21-23 Feb. 2019. Louisville, KY.

“Creaturely Poetics and Radical Ethics: Rethinking Animality in W.B. Yeats’s 1917 Poetry.” International Yeats Society Conference. 20-22 Oct. 2017. New York City, NY.

“‘Tick, tick, tick, went the machine’: Time, Cinema, and Narrative in Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts.” Space Between Society Conference. 25-27 May 2017. University of Mississippi, Oxford, MI.

Regional and Graduate Conferences

“German Train Poetry and the Politics of Movement at the Fin de siècle.” Early Atlantic Reading Group (EARG). 2-3 April 2018. Purdue University.

“Disability and the Gothic Grotesque in William Faulkner’s Sanctuary.” Purdue Linguistics, Literature, and Second Language Studies Conference. 3-5 March 2018. Purdue University.

“Cybernetic Science Fiction: System and Environment in Jeanette Winterson’s The Stone Gods.” Finding Frontiers: Then, Now, and Beyond. 11 March 2017. West Virginia University.

“War, Cameras, and Membranes: Filmic Vision in Elizabeth Bowen’s The Heat of the Day.” Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media. 1-2 April 2016. Northern Illinois University.

“The Murderess: Liminality and the Homo Sacer in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace.” Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Symposium. 28 Feb 2016. Wright State University.

“‘Thousands of people had already gathered’: Mob Violence in German Cinema and Nathanael West’s The Day of the Locust.” Violent Bodies. 30-31 Oct. 2015. Ohio State University.

“‘Cat got your tongue?’: Performing Dialects as Difference in Andrea Levy’s Small Island.” Thresholds and Beyond: Exploring Abstract and Concrete Borders, Boundaries, and Frontiers. 28 Mar. 2015. Indiana University of Pennsylvania.


(for more detailed information, see my Teaching Page)

Recent Courses Taught

These courses were taught as the solo instructor.

  • ENGL 286 – The Movies: Film and Critical Theory
  • ENGL 250 – National Narratives and Great American Books
  • ENGL 106Y – Digital Rhetorics: An Introduction to Composition (ONLINE)
  • ENGL 106 – Composing through Narratives: Introductory Composition

Teaching Awards

  • Quintilian Teaching Award, Purdue U (2019)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue U (2018)
  • Quintilian Teaching Award, Purdue U (2018)
  • Quintilian Teaching Award, Purdue U (2017)


  • 2020| Peer reviewer for The Explicator journal, Spring 2020.
  • 2019-20| Co-chair, Symposium Committee, with LITCO (English graduate student organization).
  • 2019| Invited talk, “Life in Grad School.” Purdue University.
  • 2019| Invited talk, “Writing Groups.” Purdue University.
  • 2018-19| Pedagogical Committee: Syllabus-approach leader for Introductory Composition at Purdue.
  • 2018| Abstract reviewer for Purdue Linguistics, Literature, and Second Language Studies Conference.


German (reading knowledge)

Professional Memberships

  • Modern Language Association
  • International Virginia Woolf Society (2019 to present)
  • British Women Writers Society (2019 to present)
  • Society for Disability Studies (2017 to present)
  • International Yeats Society (2017 to present)
  • Space Between Society (2017 to present)

Relevant Professional Experience

Reynolds & Reynolds                         Dayton, OH                             Sept. 2014 – Present

  • Content Writer and Editor
  • Writing and editing articles and technical specifications for marketing
  • Freelance Content Writer (June 2016 to Present)

Purdue OWL                                      West Lafayette, IN                 Summer 2017 – Fall 2018

  • Content Editor and Developer
  • Part-time. Editing and updating content for the Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism Pages. Writing original content on literary studies and pages on writing about literature.

German-American Institute              Heidelberg, Germany             Feb. 2013 – Aug. 2013

  • Research Assistant
  • Translating and writing articles and brochures on various learning programs, gap year opportunity, and study-abroad programs. These were geared largely towards high-school students as well as the local university population.