B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Ruth Haber is Associate Professor of English and Graduate Coordinator for our new MA in English. She earned her doctorate in English literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a dissertation on the novel of the recent past in Victorian fiction which explored such issues as the nature, uses, and influences of memory in the construction of the recent past and the reimagining of the past to explain or serve as a surrogate for the present.
Her research interests center on Victorian fiction, especially in the areas of her dissertation and in the representation of disability, but her addiction to fiction began long before the doctorate. Her love of fantasy, which began with The Wizard of Oz (the book, not the movie--in the book, Oz wasn't a dream), continues; her favorite living author is Terry Pratchett. Enthralled by the development of the novel, she reads any reprint of a novel written in the 18th or 19th century that she can get her hands on, even, under the influence of Dr. Woods Weierman, if it's American.
As a teacher, she is especially committed to helping her students make the transition from the MCAS style to a more sophisticated, more thoughtful, logically structured form of writing that they can use in academia and elsewhere. This holds true in her literature courses as well as in her composition classes.
A generalist, Professor Haber teaches the British surveys, courses on the 18th- and 19th-century novel, women's literature, the occasional special topics course on women's science fiction or women's science fiction and fantasy, and, of course, composition. Occasionally, she has the pleasure of working with students in independent studies on topics of mutual interest.