Patricia Hillen earned her BA at Fairfield University and her MA at Villanova University. Her scholarly interests include Contemporary American Literature, (especially the Beat Movement), poetry and popular music. She enjoys teaching courses in Rhetoric and Composition, English and American Studies, especially American Popular Culture where she focuses on the transmittance of post-World War II culture.
Patricia enjoys working with the Brandywine Global Programs Committee and has taken students in her English Lit and American Studies Pop Culture Courses abroad to Greece, Spain, Italy, Ireland and most recently, France. A return trip to Barcelona, Spain is planned for spring, 2012.
Currently, Patricia chairs the Campus Common Read. Past selections have included The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot, The Price of a Child, by Lorene Cary, and The Bone Woman, by Clea Koff. This year’s selection, This I Believe II, by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman, focuses on initiatives for civic and community engagement.
In Fall 2008, Patricia became coordinator of the Letters, Arts and Sciences program. In 2009, she became the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs. Later that year, she won the Madlyn L. Hanes Faculty Award.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Review of Allen Ginsberg’s Buddhist Poetics by Tony Trigilio. Resources for American Literary Study 32, June 2009: 363-365.
Contributor, Beat Culture, William T. Lawlor, ed., 2005. Entries include, William Carlos Williams, Naropa, On the Road—1982 Conference on the Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Publication of, and Marriage.
“Linking a Campus with Literature and Illegals: Teaching TC Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain,” at the 28th Annual Conference of the Southwest / Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in Albuquerque from February 14-17, 2007.
“Beatitude in Bruce: Beat Movement Elements in Springsteen's Music of Protest,” at the 28th Annual Conference of the Southwest / Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations in Albuquerque from February 14-17, 2007.
“The Springsteen Stage: A Space for Identity Politics,” Bruce Springsteen: A Symposium, Monmouth College, Monmouth, New Jersey, September 9-11, 2005.
“The Societal Phenomenon of Beat Culture as Read in Michael Cunningham’s “A Home at the End of the World,” NEMLA, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 31st-April 2nd 2005.