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Susan Spencer, Ph.D., is a professor of English, with specialties in British and Classical Greek literature and a strong interest in the literary traditions of East and Southeast Asia. In addition to her duties in the English department, she represents the College of Liberal Arts as the director of Global Initiatives.

Spencer has served on the executive board of the South Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for over twenty years (twice as President; in 2017, she received the organization's Distinguished Service Award), and she is active at the national level in both the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the Asian Studies Development Program. Over the past few years, her conference papers and published articles have concentrated on Asian literature from the "long" eighteenth century, approximately 1660-1830. Presently, she is working on a book project with recent UCO graduate Anh Dinh on the subject of Vietnamese poetry at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Spencer has been the recipient of UCO's Vanderford Engagement Award and a Distinguished Service Award for her work with the Passport UCO program, which she coordinated for seven years.  She is the English department's STLR ambassador, and an Academic Affairs Transformative Learning Scholar.

Education and Certifications

PhD in English (secondary interest in Greek Classics), University of California at Santa Barbara

MA and BA in English (minor in Philosophy), California Polytechnic State University

Professional Certificate in Online Education, University of Wisconsin

Classes Taught

ENG 2303: English Cornerstone

ENG 2543: British Literature to 1800

ENG 2653: British Literature since 1800

ENG 3193: World Literature 1

ENG 3213: World Literature 2

ENG 3393: Mythology

ENG 4303/5403: Greek Drama in Translation

ENG 5133: 19th-Century British Novel

ENG 5173: Romantic Literature

ENG 5183: Restoration/18th-Century Literature

ENG 5213: 18th-Century British Novel

ENG 5013: Bibliography and Methods

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