Professor Rose is Associate Professor of English, and currently chair of the department, and is also serving as the President of the Victorians Institute for 2013. She received her Ph. D. in Nineteenth Century British and American Literature from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has published essays and reviews in English Literature in Transition and the collection Fighting the Forces: What’s At Stake in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has also published in numerous reference works, including the Encyclopedia of Prostitution; Dictionary of Literary Biography; Companion to the British Short Story; Essays of Literary Criticism; Men and Masculinities: A social, cultural, and historical encyclopedia. She edited a collection of essays in 2009 on Gender and Victorian Reform (2009, Cambridge Scholars Press). She has twice been conference organizer of the Victorians Institute conference at Converse (2006 and 2009). In the spring of 2012, Dr. Rose, along with Dr. Melissa Walker, history, organized the interdisciplinary conference, Okra to Opera: The Conference on Southern Culture. Drs. Rose and Walker are planning another Okra to Opera conference in April of 2014.
Her research and teaching interests include sensation fiction, feminist utopian writing and current popular culture.