Julia Klimek, Ph.D.

Professor of English; Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program

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

“I am passionate about literature, about discovering through literature, as my own college professor Pete Sinclair would say, ‘how it is in the world and how to do the good.’ Literature provides us with windows into the world, and it expands how we think, experience, and feel. I am passionate about sharing my love for literature and language with students, and I most enjoy working with students who have little experience with or love for reading and writing. I am a strong believer in interdisciplinary studies: in finding the connections between different fields of study and understanding ideas and arguments in a larger context.”


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


  • Modern Fiction
  • Modern Poetry
  • Women in Literature
  • Working Class Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Interdisciplinary Studies



Faculty adviser to Excursions, the Coker University student literary magazine


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