Elisa Beshero-Bondar

a picture of me and a sulphur-crested cockatoo in Sydney, Australia's Royal Botanical Gardens

Elisa Beshero-Bondar is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where she has enjoyed working since 2004. She regularly teaches 19th-century British Literature, Early American Literature, Social Literature, and Science Fiction, as well as an interdisciplinary course on text encoding in the Digital Humanities. She is a member of the University of Pittsburgh's Digital Humanities Research Group (DHRX) and the Indo-Pacific Council (INPAC). She is also the lead Faculty Advisor for the Pitt-Greensburg Alpha Alpha Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. A lifelong student, she is very much a work in progress.

Curriculum Vitae


Research and Teaching in Digital Humanities:

Women, Epic, and Transition in British RomanticismHer book, Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism, was published by the University of Delaware Press in 2011.

Her published articles in ELH, Genre, Philological Quarterly, and The Wordsworth Circle investigate the poetry of Robert Southey, Mary Russell Mitford, and Lord Byron in context with 18th- and 19th-century views of revolution, world empires, natural sciences, and theater productions. She was a resident scholar in the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar for College Teachers, "Genre, Dialogue, and Community in British Romanticism," at the University of Nebraska in 2005. Her research often involves working with archival letters and manuscripts, and has led her to study what early 19th-century poets and dramatists understood about human physiology and electricity, cultural first contact on Pacific islands, and the mutiny on the HMS Bounty.

Teaching Resources:

Gallery of "Pre-Raphaelite" Art Based on British Literary Subjects

Fantasy Writers Web Archive (featuring creative and research projects of students in my Spring 2006 Fantasy Writers course, which studied the epic fantasy cycles of J. R. R. Tolkien and Ursula K. Le Guin)

With Gregory Bondar:

Elisa and Gregory Bondar are a married pair of academics who have found ways to integrate their two disciplines in conversations about literature, manuscripts, archaeology, artifacts, mapping, and computer applications. They collaborate on digital projects, including the interdisciplinary Digital Archives and Pacific Cultures project and the Digital Humanities/Digital Studies course at Pitt-Greensburg, and Greg contributes his expertise in data management to Elisa's Digital Mitford project..

Greg and I with lava flow on Big Island of Hawaii

Greg and Elisa on a spectacular night hike surrounded by flowing lava at Pu'u O'o on the "Big Island" of Hawaii.