Anastatia Curley

Assistant Professor, General Faculty; Associate Director, Writing and Rhetoric Program

Dawson's Row 204

Office Hours: On leave Spring 2023.


Ph.D., English, University of Virginia, 2018
M.A., Irish Studies, Boston College, 2012
B.A., English, Yale University, 2007


Research Interests:

Writing pedagogy, writing studies theory, media studies, contemporary novel, history & theory of the novel



“Smaller and Less Beautiful: Refusal Aesthetics in the Contemporary Novel,” Politics/Letters (


Selected Fellowships and Grants

  • Jefferson Trust Grant for “Teaching Writing and Anti-Racism” Project, March 2021
  • Lazarus Fellowship, Yale Sustainable Food Program, 2017 – 2018
  • Buckner W. Clay Grant from the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures, 2016
  • Summer Research Grant, University of Virginia English Department, 2016
  • Mellon Graduate Teaching Seminar for Excellence in the Humanities Fellowship, 2014-2015



  • Panel co-organizer and co-chair, “Arts of the Present Classroom: Practice, Pedagogy, Place,” Association of the Study of the Arts of the Present Annual Meeting, 2019
  • “Looking for the Bodies: Charismatic Characters and Vulnerable Populations," Media Intimacy (Yale Film and Media Studies Conference), February 2017
  • “The Return of the Nation in Contemporary Dystopian Fiction," American Conference on Irish Studies, March 2016
    • Panel Co-Chair, “The De-Worlding of Irish Studies: Reminders of the Local”
  • “Rewiring the Novel: Flat Characters in Chimamanda Adichie’s Americanah," The Association of the Study of the Arts of the Present Annual Meeting, September 2015
  • “The Afterlife of the Big House: Instability Becomes Nostalgia," American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, March 2014