Karen Hadley earned her BA in English and Political Theory from the University of California at Berkeley, and her MA and PhD in English Literature and Language from Berkeley. Her primary research interests have been in Romanticism and Modernity, including commodification in the forms of labor and time; and in the legacies of phenomenology and deconstruction. Her current projects address botanical imagery in William Blake’ Visions, and the aesthetics of ugliness in Frankenstein.
She has taught courses in Jane Austen and film, the Godwin-Shelley circle, William Blake, and more widely in 20th century literary and language theory, 19th and 20th century British literature, and women writers. She has served as a University Honors Fellow and as University Faculty Senator.