Sarah Kingston, Ph.D.

Practitioner in Residence

English Department
College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D. English, University of Rhode Island

M.A. English, Western Connecticut State University

B.A. Sociology, Minor in Linguistics, Brandeis University

About Sarah

My primary goal in all of my courses, no matter their level or subject, is to create an atmosphere that encourages introspection, critical thinking, self and cultural awareness, and effective communication skills. Students are always encouraged to make connections between the material we are studying and their experiences in and outside of the classroom in order to relate their learning within academic community to their participation in the larger local, national, and global communities of which they are members. Given my own interdisciplinary background, examining the social, historical, and cultural circumstances motivating the creation of texts, fictional or otherwise, is always a major subject of emphasis. Further, I treat writing as a process, involving multiple steps including reflection, the generation of ideas, peer-based critique of writing, and revision. My hope is that students leave my courses not only having enhanced their ability to communicate effectively, but also being more critical and aware of the various cultural discourses in which they are immersed.


"The Promise of Restlessness: Sleep and Gender in Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage." Pilgrimages: The Journal of Dorothy Richardson Studies, vol. 8, 2016.,

"The Work of Sleep: Insomnia and Discipline in Ford and Sassoon." War and the Mind: Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, Modernism, and Psychology. Eds. Ashley Chantler and Rob Hawkes.   Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2015. pp. 112-26.

 "Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Contributions to Transcendentalism." The Journal of Traditions and Beliefs: Special Issue on the Proceedings of the Women and Spirituality Symposium, vol. 3, no. 1, 2016. Engaged Scholarship @ Cleveland State University,


"Sleeping like a Baby or Sleeping for a Baby?: Insomnia in Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage." Northeast Modern Language Association Annual Convention: Panel on Gender in the Medical Humanities. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, March, 2017. (Accepted for Presentation)

"No Rest for the War Weary: Insomnia and Memory in Ernest Hemingway's ‘Now I Lay Me.'" International Conference on War Memories: Commemoration, Re-enactment, and Writings of War in the English-speaking World (18th to 21st Centuries). University of Paris 7 Diderot, Paris, France. June, 2016.

"Insomnia, Agency, and Authorship in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita." American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting: New Sleep Studies Seminar. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. March, 2016.

"'The Isolation of this Proximity': Sleep and Identity in Elizabeth Bowen's The Last September." New England Regional American Conference for Irish Studies: Celebrity, Distinction, and Reputation. University of New Haven, West Haven, CT. November, 2015.

"Unsleeping Dogs Do Not Lie: Insomnia in H. G. Wells' The Soul of a Bishop." Western Conference on British Studies: The Body Politic. North American Conference on British Studies, Austin, TX. October, 2015.

"The Work of Rest: An Exploration of Insomnia in the Modernist Period." University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference: Opening Spaces: Enabling Engagement with Complex Conversations. University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI. March, 2014.

"'Sick Bodies Are of No Use to the King': Insomnia in the Literature of World War I." Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, Modernism, and the First World War. University of London, London, UK. September, 2012.

"Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Contributions to Transcendentalism." Cleveland State University Women and Spirituality Symposium, Cleveland, OH. March, 2008.

Courses Taught
  • ENGL1103 Developmental Writing
  • ENGL1105 Composition
  • ENGL1110 Composition and Literature
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