Arden A. Hegele

Arden A. Hegele

Research Interests


Arden Hegele, PhD, specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and the medical and health humanities. Her first book is Romantic Autopsy: Literary Form and Medical Reading, published with Oxford University Press in 2022. Another book, Culture and Medicine: Critical Readings in the Health and Medical Humanities (co-edited with Dr. Rishi Goyal) is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. Hegele’s research in Romanticism has been published in core journals, such as European Romantic Review, Romanticism,The Byron Journal, and Keats-Shelley Journal, and she has also published in Partial Answers, Gender and Education, and Persuasions. Her book reviews are featured in Public Books, Review 19, Studies in Romanticism, Victorian Network, Partial Answers and Avidly. She is a reviewer at the British Medical JournalProse Studies, and other places.

At Columbia, Hegele has taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, in the Medical Humanities major, in the Core Curriculum, and in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia Medical Center. She is co-founding editor (with Dr. Rishi Goyal) of Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. She directs the Explorations in the Medical Humanities Series at the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities; co-directs the Motherhood and Technology Working Group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference; and coordinates the research of the  “Increasing Covid-19 Vaccine Confidence” project at Columbia World Projects. She has also coordinated the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Health and Medical Humanities Network, including hosting its Summer Institute at Columbia Global Centers | Paris. 

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