Melissa Williams began teaching in the English Department at the University of San Diego in 2006. Previously, she taught Rhetoric and Writing as well as Literature at San Diego State and Southwestern College. In all of her courses she emphasizes the mastery of the fundamental principles of writing, focusing on structure, clarity, and sophistication. At the University of San Diego she has taught both Composition and Literature and the 19th Century Novel.
Melissa completed a B.A. in American Literature and an M.A. in Comparative Literature at San Diego State University. She is currently completing her PhD in 20th Century British Literature at Claremont Graduate University, and her Dissertation explores “Schopenhauerian Transcendence” in Virginia Woolf’s major novels.
Scholarly and Creative Work
Her articles on Feminism, Betty Friedan, Sylvia Beach, and Zelda Fitzgerald have appeared in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal and in American Countercultures.