Bio


Abigail Droge is a fifth year PhD Candidate in English Literature at Stanford University and holds a B.A. from Yale. She studies nineteenth-century literature and the history of science. Her dissertation focuses on working class literacy movements and seeks to understand how the reading of fiction and science came to be associated with different kinds of skills and expertise. She is committed to interdisciplinary work, archival research, and pedagogy.

Abigail has taught a Writing Intensive Seminar in English (WISE), titled “Novels vs Dinosaurs: Narratives of Evolution in Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Science.” She helped to develop the WISE program, in which graduate students design and teach undergrad classes based on their own broad research interests, through her work on the Stanford English Department Pedagogy Committee. She has taught in the Collaborative Teaching Program, the Bing Honors College, and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She is also part of the Stanford Literary Lab.

Abigail’s prizes and fellowships include the Weiland Fellowship, the Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, the Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Grant, and the VanArsdel Prize from the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals. Her work is forthcoming in the Victorian Periodicals Review.

Academic Appointments


  • Acting Instructor (Non-Student), English