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Julia Hans

Julia B. Hans is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of English at UMass Lowell.
Dr. Julia B. HansVisiting Faculty Lecturer, Interim Director - The Writing Center
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4251
  • Office
    O'Leary Library - 500A
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Research Interests

Women’s satire; Harlem Renaissance; Early twentieth century American literature.


  • Ph D: English and American Literature, (2011), University of Massachusetts Amherst - Amherst, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Transparent Mask: Satire and Dissent in American Women’s Fiction 1900-1933
  • MA: English, (2004), Fitchburg State University - Fitchburg, MA
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: With Stiletto Irreverence: Dorothy Parker and American Feminist Humor.
  • BA: English, (2001), Fitchburg State University - Fitchburg, MA


Julia Hans teaches in the first-year writing program. She specializes in modern and postmodern American literature and culture, especially women's satiric writing and comic performance.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • College of Fine Arts and Humanities Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship (2011) - UMass Amherst
  • Summer Grant, Northeast MLA, Archival Research John Hay Library (2010) - Brown University
  • Graduate Student Award for Research (2009) - International Society for Humor Studies
  • Dorothy Topereck Holmes Graduate Merit Scholarship (2004) - Fitchburg State University
  • F. W. Kimball Grant to study Journalism (1999) - Harvard Summer School

Selected Publications

  • Hans, J.B. (2017). Short Story Criticism: Dorothy Parker. Layman Poupard Publishing
  • Hans, J.B. (2013). Integrated Information Literacy and Student Outcomes in Foundational First-Year Writing. Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness, 3 106-139.
  • Hans, J.B. (2010). Landy Goshen! Here Come a Whole Troop O’ Them City Boarders’: May Isabel Fisk’s Dialect Monologues. Studies in American Humor, 22 129-145.
  • Hans, J.B. (2008). Whose Line is it Anyway? Reclamation of Language in Dorothy Parker's Polyphonic Monologues. Studies in American Humor, 17 99-116.

Selected Presentations

  • Students Weigh In: Student Preferences on Instructor Feedback During the Drafting Process - Student Success in Writing Conference, April 2016 - Savannah, GA
  • May Isabel Fisk and the Art of the Comic Monologue - American Humor Studies Association Quadrennial Conference, December 2010 - San Diego
  • Love from the Neck Up: The Forgotten Satires of Thyra Samter Winslow - Panel on Jewish American Writers , October 2009 - Philadelphia, PA
  • A Vast Democratic Cesspool of Corruption: Political Satire in George Schuyler’s Black No More - American Literature Association, May 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Resisting the Racist Social Order in George S. Schuyler's Black No More - Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, February 2009 - Boston, MA
  • Edith Wharton's Response to the New Woman: A Look at Three Satiric Sketches 1899-1916. - Annual Edith Wharton Conference, June 2008 - Lenox, MA
  • Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman: Jessie Fauset's Feminist Aesthetic in Plum Bun - Institute for African American Studies, March 2008
  • Undone by Undine: Revising the Anti-feminist Satiric Tradition in The Custom of the Country - International Society for Humor Studies, June 2007 - Newport, RI
  • Queering the Ritual Clown Figure: Homoerotic Humor in Chaplin's City Lights - American Literature Association, May 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Whose Line is it Anyway? Reclamation of Language in Dorothy Parker's Polyphonic Monologues - American Humor Studies Association Quadrennial Conference, December 2006 - New Orleans, LA