My Story

I came to Warren Wilson in 2007 because the College’s careful blend of sacred and funky speaks to me. I currently serve as the Dean of the College, but I still teach courses in American literature and in writing. My favorite courses are in 19th Century American Literature and in Contemporary Southern Novels although I also genuinely love teaching first-year seminar. I have varied research interests: I have written extensively on Grace Greenwood, the first female correspondent for the New York Times and a popular culture icon of the nineteenth century, and on William Wells Brown, considered the first African American novelist; I have written as part of a team studying patient safety and medication errors; I write with a law professor about the laws governing artificial insemination, particularly in same-sex relationships; and I write op-eds on current issues, particularly LGBTQ rights, contemporary religion, and politics.

Paula Garrett


  • B.S. in English Education, Baylor University
  • M.A. in English, Baylor University
  • Ph.D. in English, Louisiana State University

Research Interests

  • 19th Century American Studies
  • Writing
  • Queer Theory

Courses Taught

  • ENG 2900: Southern Novel
  • ENG 2230: Survey of American Literature
  • ENG 2560: 19th Century Literature

Crews and Other Activities

  • Sports Fan
  • Human Rights Campaign

Contact Dr. Garrett

(828) 771-2083
Jensen 209
WWC CPO 6376

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000
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