Erika Wright, PhD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education and English

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Erika Wright holds a PhD in English from the University of Southern California. She has appointments as a Lecturer in the English Department (University Park Campus) and as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education at KSOM and is the Associate Director of the HEAL (Humanities, Ethics, Art, and the Law) and Narrative Medicine MS Programs at USC. Dr. Wright’s book, Reading for Health: Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel (2016), examines the rhetoric of disease prevention and health maintenance in works by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell. She has contributed entries on health and disease to the Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction and her articles on medicine and literature, graduate education, and medical professionalism appear in Studies in the Novel, the Midwestern Modern Language Association journal, and From Reading to Healing: Teaching Medical Professionalism through Literature. Erika has won several teaching awards, and in addition to teaching courses on the British literature survey, Science Fiction, and Women in Literature for the English Department, she brings her expertise in narrative theory and close reading to the Narrative Medicine Workshops she has designed and taught for the HEAL Program.