Emma Elizabeth Hitchcock

Emma Elizabeth Hitchcock

Research Interests


Emma Hitchcock is a PhD candidate in the department of English and Comparative Literature. Her approach to early medieval English literature is grounded in genre studies, religious and intellectual history, and Indigenous studies.

Emma is an instructor of record at Columbia University, where she has taught “University Writing: Data and Society” and TA-ed for ENGL4729 “The Canterbury Tales” (Spring 2020) and ENGL4901 “History of the English Language” (Fall 2019). She will teach “Literary Texts, Critical Methods” (Columbia’s introduction to the English major) in Fall 2021. Emma was selected as a 2019 participant in the FAB Musiconis initiative, a digital humanities collaboration between Columbia and Paris-Sorbonne University funded by Partner University Fund and FACE Foundation. She is also an enthusiastic member of the Disinventing Old English working group, a large-scale collaborative project of reimagining the way that “Old English” is conceptualized and taught in academic settings.

Before coming to Columbia, Emma earned a BA in Religious Studies from Yale University and then studied the neuroscience of pain and emotion as lab manager of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab for two years. Her work there resulted in publications in The Oxford Handbook of Positive Emotion and Psychopathology and The Nature of Emotion (Oxford).