Department Chair of English and Literature
Education: Phd, U of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996; MA, U of Wisconsin-Madison; AB, Franklin and Marshall College. Areas of research or interests include: American literature (with a specialty in nineteenth-century American literature, especially women writers and feminist theory), contemporary popular culture, especially television, horror, and westerns. Dr. Bernardi is also working on a book on American women writers in Italy and has co-edited a book titled Our Sisters' Keepers: Nineteenth-Century Benevolence Literature by American Women. She has also published numerous essays, and writes movie and television reviews and columns for a local Helena paper.
"Because Carroll is small, I get to work with our students over a number of years, seeing them in several classes. This way I really get to see my students grow and develop intellectually."
"Our students read their work, along with other students and professional writers, at the Carroll Literary Festival ; they also can have their work published in our literary magazine Colors (there is usually a reading in town to celebrate the publication). I also encourage students to present their work more widely: this year a recent graduate and I are both reading our essays at a popular culture conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico."