Megan Hamilton

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Megan Hamilton

Office: 0032 MacAlister Hall
Phone: 215.895.6487


  • BA, English, Bates College, 2006
  • MA, English and American Literature, Brandeis University, 2009
  • PhD, Candidate in English and American Literature, Brandeis University


I am currently working on a dissertation that studies the relationship between commercial magazines and the short story in the 20th century. My project focuses in particular on the New Yorker and Esquire and seeks to understand how they have influenced the production and reception of short fiction in America. In addition to the short story, my research and teaching interests include 20th century American literature, children in literature and children’s literature.

Favorite Authors and/or Books: Jeffrey Eugenides, Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, George Eliot

Personal Interests and Hobbies: reading, writing, running, cooking, travel

A Favorite Quote: “If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.” George Eliot, Middlemarch

Favorite TV Show: Downton Abbey

One thing that makes me smile is: pugs

One hidden talent is: I play a good game of Bananagrams!

One reason I like my job is: talking to students! When I was in college, I loved feeling my thinking about a reading or topic evolve over the course of a class discussion; at the time, I never realized the same thing happened for instructors, too, but I often find that during class discussions I come to see things differently than I had before, and I find that exhilarating.