Arden Hegele

Lecturer in the Discipline, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Affiliated Faculty, Institute for the Comparative Literature and Society and Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics, Columbia University

Fellow, Society of Fellows, SOF/Heyman, Columbia University (2016–2019)

Arden Hegele, PhD, specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and the medical and health humanities. She is interested in the intersection of medical knowledge with formalist and historicist literary approaches. Her two forthcoming scholarly books are Romantic Autopsy: Literary Form and Medical Reading (Oxford University Press) and Culture and Medicine: Critical Readings in the Health and Medical Humanities, co-edited with Dr. Rishi Goyal (Bloomsbury). Her research in Romanticism has been published in core journals, such as European Romantic Review, Romanticism,The Byron Journal, and Keats-Shelley Journal, and she has also published in Partial Answers, Gender and Education, and Persuasions. Her book reviews are featured in Public Books, Review 19, Studies in Romanticism, Victorian Network, Partial Answers and Avidly.

At Columbia, Hegele has taught in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, in the Medical Humanities major at Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, and in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is a co-founding editor (with Dr. Rishi Goyal) of Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. Other projects include the direction of the Explorations in the Medical Humanities Series at the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities; co-direction of the Motherhood and Technology Working Group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference; coordination of the “Increasing Covid-19 Vaccine Confidence” project; and administration of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Health and Medical Humanities Network, including hosting its Summer Institute at Columbia Global Centers | Paris. From 2019-2021 she was the Medical Humanities Fellow at the SOF/Heyman.

Hegele's new book, Romantic Autopsy: Literary Form and Medical Reading is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in November 2021.