Natalie Mera Ford, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: Merion Hall 188
Phone: 610-660-2641

Natalie Mera Ford is a Victorianist specializing in the intersection of literature and medicine, with additional strong research and teaching interests in writing, gender studies, and cultural studies (in particular the history of interiority).


• B.A., Languages and Literature, Bard College
• M.A. English Renaissance Literature, University of York
• Ph.D., 19th-Century British Literature, University of York

Professional Experience

General Fields of Professional Interest

Literature and Science
19th-Century British and American Literature
Romantic-period Literature
Composition and Creative Writing
Gender Studies

Pedagogical Style

Mera Ford has also worked as a Professional Tutor (Graduate/ ESL Specialist) in the Writing Center at Saint Joseph's University. Other academic experience includes adjunct teaching positions in English and First-Year Writing at Temple University, Philadephia; the Grenoble Graduate School of Business and École de Management, France; and the University of York, England. Member of the Modern Language Association, Victorians Institute, British Association for Victorian Studies, and Northeast Modern Language Association.

Other Information

Member of Modern Language Association, British Association for Victorian Studies, and Northeast Modern Language Association. Professional Tutor (Graduate/ESL Specialist) for SJU Writing Center, 2011-12. Have taught at Temple University (‘Dissent in America,’ ‘Introduction to Academic Discourse’), Grenoble École de Management, & University of York (‘Historical Approaches: Victorians,’ ‘Historical Approaches: American Literature to 1910,’ & Essay Composition). Also have Cambridge CELTA from International House Barcelona & extensive ESL teaching experience in Europe.   

Courses Taught

• English 101  The Craft of Language
• English 102  Texts and Contexts
• English 306  Dreams, Drugs, and Visions in Victorian Literature



“‘The track of reverie’: Vision and Pathology in Shirley and Villette.” Brontë Studies 36.2 (2011): 141-51.

“The Interpretation of Daydreams: Reverie as Site of Conflict in Early Victorian Psychology.” Conflict and Difference in Nineteenth-Century Literature. Ed. Dinah Birch and Mark Llewellyn. Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 80-92.

“Beyond Opium: De Quincey’s Range of Reveries.” The Cambridge Quarterly 36.3 (2007): 229-49.


Poems published in U.S. and U.K. literary journals, including Philadelphia Stories, Agenda Broadsheet, Obsessed with Pipework, Aesthetica, Animus, & Dreamcatcher

(Bucks County Poet Laureate runner-up, 2011
Honorable Mention for “Okpik,” Glimmer Train Fiction Open, Sep. 2010)

Selected Presentations

“The Marriage of Gendered Minds: Uniting Dichotomies in British Psychology and Literature, 1790-1860.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston, MA. 2013.

“The Place of Literature in 19th-Century British Psychiatry: Henry Holland’s Chapters of Mental Physiology.” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies. Penn State U at Abington. 2012.

“From Reverie to Nightmare: Mary Shelley’s Introduction to Frankenstein.” 38th Convention of Northeast Modern Language Association. Baltimore, MD. 2007.

“Birthing Ideas: The Generative Stage of Reverie in Bulwer Lytton’s Caxtoniana.” 19th-Century Reproduction. Dept. of English, Temple U. 2007.

“The Threat of Reverie: Emasculating the Regulated Mind.” Victorian Masculinities. U of Keele (with U of Birmingham). 2006.

“Ungovernable Minds: Mapping Reverie in Robert MacNish’s Philosophy of Sleep.” Department of English and Related Literature Graduate Conference. U of York. 2005.

“Windows: Connection, Illumination, and the Directed Gaze in Early Modern Literature’s Contemplative Space.” Material Culture Discussion Group. U of York. 2003.

Grants and Awards

Selected Awards:

Faculty Development Fund Award, Saint Joseph’s University (2013 and 2014) Graduate Travel Award, Northeast Modern Language Association (2007) Annual Convention Travel Grant, Modern Language Association (2006) Postgraduate Bursary, British Association of Victorian Studies (2006) Overseas Research Students Award Scholarship, Universities UK (2003-2006) Short-listed for Keats-Shelley Essay Prize, Keats-Shelley Memorial Association (2006)

Bucks County Poet Laureate Contest first runner-up (2013) Glimmer Train Family Matters Finalist (2013); Glimmer Train Fiction Open Honorable Mention (2010)


General Fields of Professional Interest:

Literature and Medicine 19th-Century British and American Literature Gender Studies, Cultural Studies Composition and Creative Writing

Recent Presentations:

“‘Turning into spectres’: Ghostly Infertility in Victorian Fiction and Medicine.” The Mysteries at Our Own Doors: Victorians Institute 43rd Annual Conference, Charlotte, NC. 2014.

“Why Read? Development, Discovery, Defiance.” ‘Beyond SparkNotes: Motivating Student Engagement’ roundtable, 45th Convention of NeMLA, Harrisburg, PA. 2014.

“The Marriage of Gendered Minds in British Psychology and Literature, 1760-1860.” 44th Convention of NeMLA, Boston, MA. 2013.

“Placing Literature in 19th-Century British Psychiatry: Henry Holland’s Chapters of Mental Physiology.” Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies. Penn State U at Abington. 2012.

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