Julia Klimek, Ph.D.

Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies; Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Program

  • Ph.D., University of California Davis
  • B.A., The Evergreen State College

“I love working with students to find their individual passions, and advising them in a way that allows them to gain all the skills and learning experiences to pursue a career they enjoy. Sometimes it takes a while to find the thing we are good at and that brings out who we really are.”


Interdisciplinary Studies, Applied Humanities, Modern Poetry and Modern Fiction, Working Class Literature, Women’s Literature, Postcolonial Studies, Maps and Literature, American Autobiography-20th Century, Graphic Novels, Postcolonial Literature, Writing, Culture, and Identity


  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Outdoor Education/Study Away
  • Modern Fiction
  • Modern Poetry
  • Women in Literature
  • Working Class Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature


Current Projects

Faculty adviser to Excursions, the Coker University student literary magazine

Organizing annual study away trip to Bear Island (camping)


Presented at International Conference of the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies (2017, 2018)


Published on Graphic Novels, on teaching Interdisciplinary Studies

“Why Can’t It Be Both?: Supporting Students Across the Spectrum of Abilities and Ambitions” in The Synergetic Classroom: Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Small College Setting, ed. Corey Campion and Aaron Angello, Rutgers University Press, forthcoming.

“Teaching Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home,” in Class, Please Open Your Comics: Essays on Teaching With Graphic Narratives. ed. Matthew Miller, McFarland in 2015.

“The Taboo in Philip Roth’s Sabbath’s Theater,” Harold Bloom’s Literary Themes, 2010.

“Landforms and Drainage: Mapping Changes in the Bioregion,” in Putah and Cache, ed. David Robertson. in-house, UC Davis, 2001.

“Elusive Images of Women, Home, and History: Deconstructing the Use of Film and Photography in Edgar Reitz’s Heimat,” in Women in German Yearbook, ed. Patricia Herminghouse. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000.

“Drawing Out the Implications of Witnessing: Art Spiegelman’s Graphic Novel Maus,” in Children of the Holocaust, ed. Viktoria Hertling. Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 1998.

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