Dr. Maura Grady

Dr. Maura Grady

Associate Professor of English
Director of English Composition Program
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as assistant professor of English as well as director of English Composition Program
  • Teaches courses in American Literature, Composition, Global Film, Writer's Workshop: Screenwriting, Writer's Laboratory, Literature and Film, Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: Film Tourism, and Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: History and Film 
  • Fields of study include Composition Pedagogy and Film and Television Studies while research interests are film history, fandom and tourism
  • Has written extensively on the film The Shawshank Redemption, which was filmed in and around Ashland County, and is a member of the board of directors for the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, which is dedicated to the restoration of the historic prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed
  • Recent publications include “Fan Pilgrimage and Student Service Learning.” Fandom as Classroom Practice: A Teaching Guide. Ed. Katherine Howell. University of Iowa Press, 2018; The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World’s Favorite Movie. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016; “Story and Structure in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Operas.” Revisiting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Essays on Lessons of Self and Community. Eds. Kathy Merlock Jackson and Stephen M. Emmanuel. McFarland Press, 2016. “The Shawshank Trail: A Cross Disciplinary Study in Film Induced Tourism and Fan Culture.” Almatourism: Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development. Vol. 6, No. 4 (2015); “From Work to Text: Reading The Raven Waits as Beowulf Fan Fiction.” Popular Culture Review Vol. 25, Issue 2, Summer 2014; “The Maternal Hero in Tarantino’s Kill Bill.” Heroines in Television and Film: Portrayals in Popular Culture. Eds. Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter, and Bob Batchelor. Rowman and Littlefield, 2014; “Nostalgia for Empire 1963-1974.” Doctor Who in Time and Space: Essays on Themes, Characters, History and Fandom, 1963-2012. Ed. Gillian Leitch. Series Title: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Series Editor: Donald E. Palumbo. McFarland Press, 2013; and “The Fall of the Organization Man: Loyalty and Conflict in the First Season.” Analyzing Mad Men: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Scott Stoddart. McFarland Press, 2011. 


University of California Davis, Ph.D. in English
University of California Davis, M.A., in English
Ashland University, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
University of Vermont, B.A. in English and German

Courses Taught

American Literature I
Composition I
Composition II
German Film for AU in Germany Study Abroad Program
German Literature in Translation
Global Film
Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: Film Tourism
Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: History and Film
interdisciplinary Honors: Irish Film
Literature and Film
Special Topics in Literature
Writers’ Workshop: Screenwriting
Writer’s Laboratory

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