Petra Dierkes-Thrun is Assistant Vice Provost in the Vice Provost Office of Teaching and Learning, as well as a Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature at Stanford. Dierkes-Thrun’s research and teaching interests include Oscar Wilde, the European and transatlantic fin de siècle and modernism (including literature, the visual arts, opera, dance, and film); feminist and queer theory; LGBTQ literary and cultural studies; and digital pedagogy as well as literary theory for the digital age; pedagogically smart uses of technology in teaching, and project-based learning in the Humanities.

Current Role at Stanford

- Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Vice Provost Office for Teaching and Learning

- Lecturer in Comparative Literature (since 2009)

Administrative Appointments

  • Leadership Team member, VPTL, Stanford University (2016 - Present)

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

  • 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)



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



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



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



2017-18 Courses

Professional Interests

Oscar Wilde and his circle

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

Feminist and LGBTQ Studies, history and theory of genders and sexualities

Digital Pedagogy, Digital Humanities

All Publications

  • Wilde's Other Worlds Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature edited by Davis, M. F., Dierkes-Thrun, P. Routledge. 2018
  • “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