Petra Dierkes-Thrun is Associate Director of Public Service and Inclusion and Diversity Education (directing the Emerson Fellowship Program) as well as a Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford.

Passionate about literature, culture and interdisciplinary relationships among the arts culture (including visual arts, opera, dance, early film) of the 1880s-1920s, specifically Oscar Wilde and his circle as well as “forgotten” women writers and artists of the period. Expert in feminist and LGBTQ Studies, history and theory of genders and sexualities, digital pedagogy, and community-engaged teaching and learning in the humanities (Cardinal Service). Adroit at interdisciplinary and community-engaged teaching and learning as well as higher education administration, strategic initiatives, and academic leadership. Fluent in German (native speaker); French; Latin; Ancient Greek.

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Comparative Literature

Administrative Appointments

  • Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Vice Provost Office for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University (2016 - 2019)
  • Director of Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning, Vice Provost Office for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University (2015 - 2016)

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership@Stanford program, Stanford University (2017-18)
  • Stanford Faculty Research Fellow, Clayman Institute for Gender Research (2015-16)
  • Honoree for education leadership in the San Francisco Bay Area, World Affairs Council (2015)
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Phi Beta Kappa Northern California (2015)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Special Advisor to the CEO, Peace First (non-profit supporting young people, ages 13-25, with grants and mentorship opportunities) (2019 - Present)
  • Board member, Planet Word (museum, Washington DC) (2017 - Present)
  • Advisory Editor, Volupté: Interdisciplinary Journal of Decadence Studies (2016 - Present)
  • Member, Vatican Arts and Technology Council (2015 - Present)
  • Blog, Literature Illuminations: Analog Literature and Digital Pedagogy. (2012 - Present)

Professional Education

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, English (2003)
  • Erstes Staatsexamen, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet Bonn, Germany, English, German, Theology (1995)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Advisory Editor, boundary 2: An International Journal for Literature and Culture (Duke University Press)



  • Founding Editor, The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies (2008 - 2014)



  • Editorial Board member, Rodopi-Brill (European publisher) (2011 - 2015)



  • Haas Center, Steering Committee Member, Stanford University (2017)



  • Special Advisor, Peace First (



2020-21 Courses

All Publications

  • Wilde's Other Worlds An Introduction WILDE'S OTHER WORLDS Davis, M. F., Dierkes-Thrun, P., Davis, M. F., DierkesThrun, P. 2018: 1–15
  • Oscar Wilde, Rachilde, and the Mercure de France WILDE'S OTHER WORLDS Dierkes-Thrun, P., Davis, M. F., DierkesThrun, P. 2018: 220–41
  • “Decadent Sensuality in Rachilde and Wilde.” In Decadence and the Senses, ed. by Jane Desmarais and Alice Conde. Dierkes-Thrun, P. Oxford: Legenda. 2015
  • "Realism." The Fin-de-Siecle World. ed. by Michael Saler. Dierkes-Thrun, P. London: Routledge. 2015: 706–18
  • “Wilde’s Comedic Takes on the New Woman: A Comparison with Ibsen and Shaw.” Oscar Wilde's Society Plays, ed. by Michael Y. Bennett. Dierkes-Thrun, P. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.. 2015: 75–94
  • “’Sincere and Studied Triviality’: The Importance of Being Earnest as an Aestheticist Comedy of Manners.” Wilde in Earnest, ed. by Emily Eells. Dierkes-Thrun, P. Paris: Presses universitaires de Paris Ouest. 2015: 19–34
  • “Salomé in the Comics: P. Craig Russell’s Intertextual Graphic Adaptation from Strauss and Wilde.” The Oscholars. Online. Dierkes-Thrun, P. 2013; Special issue. (Spring)
  • "Aestheticist Comedies of Manners" A History of British Drama: Genres – Developments –Interpretations, ed. by Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann, and Ansgar Nünning. Dierkes-Thrun, P. Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. 2011: 227–40
  • “’The Brutal Music and the Delicate Text’? The Aesthetic Relationship between Oscar Wilde’s and Richard Strauss’s Salome Reconsidered" Modern Language Quarterly Dierkes-Thrun, P. 2008; 69 (3): 367-89
  • “Salomé, C’est Moi? Salome and Wilde as Icons of Transgression.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. Philip E. Smith. Dierkes-Thrun, P. New York: Modern Language Association of America, . 2008: 171–79
  • “Incest and the Trafficking of Women in G.B. Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession: ‘It Runs In the Family’." English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 Dierkes-Thrun, P. 2006; 49 (4): 293-310
  • “Arthur Symons’ Decadent Aesthetics: Stéphane Mallarmé and the Dancer Revisited." Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature, ed. by Paul Fox. Dierkes-Thrun, P. Stuttgart: Ibidem. 2006: 33–65