B.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
M.A., The George Washington University
- Gender and literature in the 19th century
- Gender and empire in 19th-century British literature and culture with an emphasis on India
- Contemporary Indian women writers
Dr. Karen Waters served as a Marymount faculty member from 1986 to 2010, teaching courses in 19th-century literature, women writers, contemporary literary theory, gender studies, and composition. She is now a professor emerita of English and serves in an advisory capacity with the Department of Literature and Languages within the School of Arts and Sciences. She is the author of The Perfect Gentleman: Masculine Control in Men’s Fiction, 1860-1901, a book-length study of the concept of masculinity in Victorian literature, as well as articles on Victorian literature and culture and on women writers.
Dr. Waters directed the Freshman Writing Program; she also created and taught in the Gender and Society program, an interdisciplinary minor/Liberal Studies concentration, and she was instrumental in developing the Student Research Conference, an annual showcase of undergraduate and graduate student research across the University. Dr. Waters also served as an advisor in the Liberal Studies Program.
Active in professional associations, Dr. Waters is currently on the Senior Advisory Board of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association. She also was awarded a Fulbright Grant to teach literature to graduate English students in New Delhi, India and currently serves as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador.