Elisabeth Windle

Elisabeth Windle

Lecturer in English and College Writing
Pronouns: she/her
PhD & MA, Washington University in St. Louis
BA, Austin College
research interests:
  • Twentieth-century American literature
  • Gay and lesbian literature, history, and visual culture
  • Queer & Feminist Theories
  • Pedagogy and Student Diversity
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    • Washington University
      CB 1122
      One Brookings Drive
      St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Beth Windle teaches in the Department of English & American Literature, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the College Writing Program

    With over a decade of experience in the classroom, Beth has taught a broad range of courses at Washington University and elsewhere. Currently, she regularly teaches First-Year and Sophomore Seminars in the English Department, Introduction to Literary Theory, Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Writing Identity. Previously, she has taught topics courses on marriage in the U.S., dystopian fiction, true crime, world literatures, and queer U.S. literature.

    Her research, which focuses on how contemporary queer culture deploys nostalgia as a tool for world-making, has been published in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. and Camera Obscura. Currently, she is at work on an article about best practices for teaching intersectionality in the College Writing classroom. She holds a PhD in English and American Literature with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Beth enjoys mentoring students. She currently serves as a Faculty Associate for JKL Res College (Dauten, Shanedling, and Rutledge) on the South 40.



    • Introduction to Literary Theory
    • Freshman Seminar: The Literature of Post-Adolescence
    • Queer U.S. Literature
    • Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    • College Writing
    • Argumentation


    “Capote’s Swans: Effeminacy, Friendship, and Style in Douglas McGrath’s Infamous (2006).”Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies 96 (Winter 2017)

    “‘It Never Really Was the Same’: Brother to Brother’s Black and White and Queer Nostalgia.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 41.4 (Winter 2016); Winner of the 2016 Katharine Newman Best Essay Award.

    Awards & Honors

    • Outstanding College Writing Instructor, 2019-2020 (awarded by the Wash U First Year Center)
    • Katharine Newman Best Essay Award 2016, MELUS Society