Dr. Sarah Mohler
Assistant Professor of English/Director of Graduate Studies
BA, Northwestern University; PhD, Princeton University.
Dr. Mohler has a wide range of teaching interests and specialties. She teaches courses on cognitive literary theory, children’s literature, film adaptation, fantasy, science fiction, and new fabulism, as well as Slavic and South Asian literature and film. She regularly teaches courses that support the JINS program and the cognitive science, child studies, and film studies minors, including:
ENG 206: Science Fiction/Fantasy/New Fabulism (focus changes depending on semester)
ENG 211: Critical Explorations of Literature and Film
ENG 322: Children in Film/Bollywood Cinema/Eastern European Cinema (focus changes depending on semester)
ENG 415: Children’s Literature
ENG 430: Cognitive Approaches to Literature and Film
JINS 345: From Page to Stage and Screen (previous topics have related to the adaptation of Moby Dick, Robinson Crusoe, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, Anna Karenina, and the Sherlock Holmes canon)
She was a finalist for Research Advisor of the Year in 2018 and Educator of the Year in 2019. She is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities summer grants. These grants allowed her to study the literary adaptations of Dickens in the summer of 2007 and go to India in the summer of 2011 to study the cultural and historical development of India. She has published articles and presented papers at national conferences for the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and Eastern European Languages (AATSEEL), the South Asian Literature Association (SALA), and the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA).
Dr. Mohler’s dissertation analyzed the cognitive techniques Leo Tolstoy used to promote the visualization of characters and scenes in War and Peace and how these techniques have shaped the ways the text has been adapted as a play, an opera, and several films.
Her recent research in the area of South Asian cinema has focused on meta-narratives in Bollywood films and the pedagogical use of film to create counter-stereotypical experiences that disrupt audience’s implicit bias towards minoritized social groups.
Favorite authors: Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, George Eliot, Jane Austen, Karel Capek, Vikram Seth, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, Allegra Goodman, Wendell Berry, Mary Oliver, Wislawa Szymborska, Aimee Bender, Karen Russell, Kevin Brockmeier, Steven Millhauser, George Saunders, David Mitchell, Jose Saramago, Tom Stoppard, Simon Rich, Erin Morgenstern, Eowyn Ivey, Helene Wecker, Georgette Heyer, C. S. Forrester
Favorite Directors: Krzysztof KieÅ›lowski, Michel Ocelot, Asghar Farhadi, Jim Jarmusch, Karan Johar
"Love is Life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."