Aiken, Elisabeth

Title: Assistant Professor, Chair of Language Studies and the Arts

Department: Language Studies and the Arts

Phone: 352-588-8281



  • Bachelor of Arts, English, James Madison University
  • Master of Arts, English, Western Carolina University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Literature and Criticism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


My husband and I moved to Florida from western North Carolina in 2005, when I joined the faculty of Saint Leo. I regularly teach a variety of courses in the English discipline, including composition, Introduction to Literary Studies, and Foundations of American Literature I and II. I’ve also enjoyed teaching several special topics courses, including courses on the literature of the Grand Tour, Irish studies, and the hallowed tradition of ghost stories in England and Scotland. Outside the classroom, I spend as much time outside as possible, paddling, hiking, and camping with my husband and our two sons.

Community Affiliation:

  • Member of Florida College English Association
  • Second Vice President, Florida College English Association
  • Member, Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment
  • Member, Appalachian Studies Association

Teaching & Professional Interests:

As a native North Carolinian, I’m interested in all aspects of Southern and Appalachian culture, and I’ve been happy to connect much of my scholarly work with my love of the environment and outdoor pursuits. As such, my primary academic area of focus is contemporary American literature—specifically, literature of the mountain south. I also enjoy teaching travel immersion courses and am always looking for creative ways to bring experiential education to the English classroom.

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