Stephanie J. Weaver
B.A. in English with minors in Psychology and Education, Summa Cum Laude, Mount Saint Mary College
M.A. in English, St. John’s University
Stephanie Weaver is a doctoral candidate at St. John’s University. She is in her second and final year of coursework. As a doctoral candidate, Stephanie’s research, conference proceedings and fields of interest focus on landscape and urban studies in British Literature from the 20th Century to include contemporary British Fiction, particularly the British Fantasy genre which includes works of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling. Other research experience has focused on the Irish Political and Literary and the ramifications of implementing the Irish language in contemporary Irish culture. This literary endeavor stems from working with a former professor on compiling an anthology on the Irish Literary Revival. Stephanie contributes to this piece through her research of Women in Ireland during the Revival, as well as theatre and language during the Revival Period. The endeavor even led her to Dublin in 2013 in order to meet with archive specialists to examine primary documents for the anthology.
Other interests include the examination landscape studies in Austen’s novels and how Austen’s view of landscape was influenced by Alexander Pope’s view of nature and aesthetics. Stephanie Weaver’s most recent literary endeavors and presentations examine the role of landscape and location in Rowling’s Harry Potter Series, and the Neo-Romantic influences that are present in Rowling’s presentation.
Outside research endeavors focus on the study of literacy of students on the Autism Spectrum as well as best practices to ensure students on the spectrum receive the best possible education. Stephanie also enjoys traveling, theatre, outdoor activities such as rowing (crew), golf, and hiking, and studying history and languages in her spare time.
While studying at St. John’s University Stephanie also holds a position as a Graduate Assistant in Marketing in the Office of Gift Planning, a facet of the department of Institutional Advancement at St. John’s University. In this position Stephanie acts as a writer, editor, and liaison between the Office of Gift Planning and various marketing platforms and venues. Stephanie also acts as a liaison between high-level donors and the university through her position.
When Stephanie is not engaging in academic pursuits she spends time as a private tutor in English and German Grammar and Literature for students on Long Island. Stephanie also spends a great deal of time working with her thirteen year old brother who struggles with reading comprehension and language development. Stephanie also returns frequently to her undergraduate alma mater to speak on the value of pursuing graduate degrees in the field of higher education, as well as mentor students who look to pursue scholarship and fellowships abroad.
Stephanie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.