Language and Literature
  • Professor Emerita, Department of Literature and Languages
  • Marymount University, Arlington, VA
  • Adjunct Instructor, English Department
  • Mississippi College
  • Lecturing: English Literature, Literary Criticism, Modern Critical Theories, and English Communication Skills
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
  • October 2006 - April 2007
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
  • Photos
  • Email: kwaters@marymount.edu

Dr. Karen Waters is Professor of English Emerita at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where she regularly taught undergraduate and graduate courses in 19th century literature, women writers, contemporary literary theory, gender studies and composition. She is the author of The Perfect Gentleman: Masculine Control in Men’s Fiction, 1860-1901, a book-length study of the concept of masculinity in Victorian literature, as well as articles on Victorian literature and culture and on women writers.

While at Marymount, Dr. Waters directed Marymount’s Freshman Writing Program; she also created and taught in the Gender and Society program, and she developed and coordinated Marymount’s student research conference, an annual showcase of undergraduate and graduate student research across the university. Having retired from Marymount, Dr. Waters has recently relocated from Virginia to Mississippi, where she is currently an adjunct instructor in the English department at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.

Active in professional associations, Dr. Waters is currently on the Senior Advisory Board of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant in 2006 to teach literature to graduate English students in New Delhi, India, an experience which she considers to have been transformative, both personally and professionally.