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Rebecca Housel

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  • Position:

    Lecturer in Writing and Medical Humanities
  • Education:

    Ph. D., University of New South Wales; M. A., University of Rochester; B. A., University of Rochester
  • Teaching & Research Interests:

    Technology, Globalization and Healthcare; Gender & Film; Disability Studies; Bioethics and Society; Transnational Illness Narrative; Visual/Cultural Rhetoric
Rebecca Housel

Housel, who celebrates her 18th year in the classroom in 2012, is a freelance writer and editor. Her recent titles in Wiley’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series includes work on X-Men (2009), Twilight (2009, 2010), and HBO’s Emmy-winning series, True Blood (2010, 2011). Housel’s work in medical narratives has earned her inclusion in the Directory of American Poets and Writers as well as a sponsored membership by New York Times Bestselling author, Rebecca Skloot, in the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). Housel’s latest efforts also include articles for Shalom Magazine ("Jewish Vampires?" December 2011; "Passing-over Freedom" April 2012; "The Truest Blood" July 2012; and, "Israel's Hunger Games" September 2012), a book chapter for Downton Abbey & Philosophy, ""Put that in Your Pipe and Smoke it": The Women of Downton Abbey", as well as a second book chapter, "Suckers for Blood: Vampire Pop Culture" for  A History of Evil in Popular Culture: What Hannibal Lector, Stephen King and Vampires Reveal about America (Praeger 2013). Housel is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for the Journal of Popular Culture and Journal of American Culture; her most recent book review for the Duke University Press volume, Sex and Disability (2012), can be found in the Journal of American Culture. Dr. Housel was one of 100 American writers invited to participate in Yale's Inaugural Writer's Conference for her work in medical narratives in June 2012; she was also a TEDx speaker in June, presenting, "Why Story is the Best Medicine," on how using the patient's narrative can save not only thousands of patient's lives each year, but has the potential to save millions in health care dollars, too. The English Department is running Dr. Housel's course, The Patient's Narrative, beginning in spring 2013. Housel also teaches writing classes on "The Hero in Popular Culture."

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