- Ph.D., Southern Methodist University
- M.A., Southern Methodist University
- B.A., Cedarville University
Assistant Professor, English
Bethany Williamson teaches courses in British and world literatures, as well as first-year writing. She earned her Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, specializing in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and the problems posed by globalization and empire during the Enlightenment and beyond. Her article on “English Republicanism and Global Slavery in Henry Neville’s The Isle of Pines” appears in Eighteenth-Century Fiction; another on “Margaret Cavendish, the Royal Society, and the Alchemy of the Arabian Sands” is forthcoming in The Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies. A New Jersey native, she is thrilled to be near the ocean again. When not reading and writing, she enjoys playing works by her favorite piano composers (Bach, Brahms, & Beethoven), traveling, cooking and backpacking. She relishes good questions and conversations of all kinds, both in and out of the classroom — between texts and characters, past and present, different cultures and worldviews — and is excited to be a part of the Biola community.