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Anna Fenton-Hathaway


Anna Fenton-Hathaway earned her PhD in British literature from Northwestern University and was the first graduate affiliate of Northwestern's Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program. She now serves as the managing editor of Literature and Medicine and as a writer and section editor for the online health humanities journal SynapsisShe has edited academic books in medieval studies, narrative medicine, and sociology published by Cambridge, Edinburgh, Chicago, and Oxford; her own scholarship has appeared in Victorian Literature and Culture, Brontë Studies, and the collection Culture and Medicine: Critical Readings in the Health and Medical Humanities (Bloomsbury, 2023), as well as in Synapsis and Literature and Medicine. Her courses for CFS and GEO have focused on the relationship between scholarship and activism; the contested definitions and effects of "civic engagement"; and generational change in the workplace. Anna has also worked outside of academia, most memorably selling gas shut-off valves by phone from her apartment in San Francisco in the early 2000s. She has delivered newspapers, waited tables, and scooped ice cream for tourists; she has temped as an admin assistant at a global investment bank and delivered beer for a small brewery in Maine.