Erin E. Templeton

Erin E. Templeton

Anne Morrison Chapman Distinguished Professor of International Study, Professor of English

Dr. Erin Templeton



Office: Carmichael 305K

Phone: 864.596.9099


BA, Pennsylvania State University

MA, Pennsylvania State University

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Templeton earned her BA and MA from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, and she earned her PhD in American Literature and twentieth-century British and Irish literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, she served as the English Coordinator for the Center for Community Learning; she was elected to the University Collegium of Teaching Fellows, and she was awarded the English Department award for pedagogical excellence. She enjoys teaching American literature as well as twentieth-century literature in its many forms and varieties. Some of the classes that she has offered include: twentieth-century British and Anglophone fiction, Popular American literature, twentieth-century poetry, American Literature from 1865-Present, F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald, the 20th-century American novel, Contemporary American fiction, 20th century Women’s fiction, and a First Year Seminar titled: “Things That Go Bump in the NIght.” She has also traveled with students to Ireland, Costa Rica, and England.

Professor Templeton’s research interests include transatlantic modernism, the intersections of authorship and gender in early twentieth-century literature, and textual studies. She has published essays on the gender dynamics of authorial collaboration in William Carlos Williams’s long poem "Paterson" as well as on Ezra Pound’s relationship with early twentieth-century pianist and composer, George Antheil. In addition, she has written about The Waste Land, The Sound and the Fury, The Sun Also Rises, and W. B. Yeats’s esoteric text, A Vision. She has attended the Yeats International Summer School in Sligo Ireland, a summer seminar sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities dedicated to a study of James Joyce’s Ulysses in Dublin.

Dr. Templeton also is the Director of International Studies at Converse College.

In her spare time, Dr. Templeton enjoys running, walking her dog, and cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers. She is a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education blog, ProfHacker. She is also crime fiction junkie, and you can follow her on Twitter as @eetempleton.