Professor & TA

Nathan K. Hensley works on nineteenth-century British literature (fiction, poetry, and political writing), critical theory, and the novel. His other interests include Anglophone modernism and the cultures of globalization. In broadest terms, his work aims to account for the ability of literary and other aesthetic forms to challenge existing orders of thinking; in class and in writing, his concern is to document how historical forms struggled toward imagining the new. His current book project explores how Victorian writers expanded the capacities of literary form to account for the ongoing violence of liberal modernity. A second project, now in its early stages, aims to show how the nineteenth century used literary thinking to imagine systems so massive and distributed as to threaten the very category of individual action.

In collaboration with Professor Brian Hochman, Hensley founded and directs the Modernities Working Group. He is affiliated faculty with the Georgetown Environmental Initiative.  Please feel free to contact him at or @nathankhensley.


Marielle Hampe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English and minors in European Studies and Education, Schooling, and Society. She was a valedictorian candidate and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society. At Georgetown, Marielle works as a Graduate Associate for undergraduate literature courses and as a tutor and coordinator for the Writing Center. She will serve as Chair of the English Graduate Student Association this year. Marielle hopes to combine her love of literature and teaching into a career in education. She can be reached at

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