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Melissa Williams

Adjunct Lecturer of English

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.



PhD in 20th Century British Literature from Claremont Graduate University. Dissertation title: “‘Life stand still here:’ Schopenhauerian Transcendence in Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves.”

M.A. in Comparative Literature from San Diego State University.

B.A. in American Literature from San Diego State University.

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.