Dr. Lee Ann Westman
Lecturer for Humanities
Diana Martinez Dr. Lee Ann Elliott Westman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Brigham Young University, and a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. in Humanities from Florida State University. Dr. Westman teaches courses that examine the connections between historical events and cultural production, including American Cultural Studies and Art and Political Protest; she is particularly interested in the relationship between gender and cultural production and pursues that query in courses such as Women and Fine Arts, Medieval Women, Women and Literature, and Gender and Popular Culture. Dr. Westman teaches online courses for the Humanities Program and for Women’s Studies, and she was a Faculty Fellow at UTEP in Academic Technology, where she pursued research on student learning in online courses.
Dr. Westman's other research focuses primarily on Mary Jane Holmes, a 19th-century American woman writer of domestic fiction. Her chapter, “How Mary Jane Holmes saved the New York Ledger, and Other True Stories,” is found in Popular Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers, a collection of essays edited by Earl Yarington and Mary de Jong (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007). Her chapter focuses on Holmes and the 19th-century American literary marketplace. An essay on Holmes appears in the Spring 2008 issue of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers as well. Currently, Dr Westman is co-writing a chapter on Mary Jane Holmes’s final novel, Lucy Harding, for publication in a collection of essays on American literature. Dr. Westman has presented multiple papers on Holmes at academic conferences.
Dr. Westman is a member of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers as well as the Humanities Education and Research Association. In 2007, the HERA board invited Dr. Westman to be the co-editor of HERA’s scholarly journal, Interdisciplinary Humanities, which is published three times a year.