Chris Hedlin, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, Writing Program and Department of English and Modern Languages

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Chris Hedlin, Ph.D., is an instructor in writing and English and a 2021-22 Leading Edge Fellow as part of an American Council of Learned Societies program that pairs humanities scholars with nonprofits serving public needs. Hedlin also writes for PublicSource, a news organization based in Pittsburgh, and was a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at Valparaiso University in Indiana. She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she held interdisciplinary fellowships in the humanities and neurohumanities. Her essays “‘Was There Not Reason to Doubt?’: Wieland and Its Secular Age” and “Ethiopianist Fiction and the Politics of Theological Hope” have appeared in the Journal of American Studies and Political Theology, respectively, and she is working on a book titled Novel Faiths: How Postbellum Fiction Changed American Protestantism.

Hedlin’s writing courses are hands-on and practical. Despite what some of her students say about themselves on the first day of class, she doesn’t believe there are “bad writers,” just unpracticed ones. She enjoys giving students the resources and support they need to build their writing skills.


  • Ph.D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018
  • M.A., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
  • B.A., English and Spanish, Augustana College, 2011

Academic Areas

  • Writing Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of English


  • Secular Theory
  • Theories of the Novel
  • U.S. Literature
  • U.S. Religious History

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 111 – Studies in Literature
  • WRIT 110 – Writing 1: The Art and Craft of Writing