Christine Flanagan MFA

Christine Flanagan

Christine Flanagan MFA

Professor of English


BA (University of Rochester)

MFA (Emerson College)


In addition to developing travel-based coursework in the Humanities and a Minor in Creative Writing, Professor Flanagan’s teaching and scholarship reflects her varied interests and activities: writing fiction, nonfiction, and drama; scholarship on the short stories of Flannery O’Connor; and research on experiential learning and creativity. Professor Flanagan is a faculty member in the University Honors Program, faculty advisor of The Elixir (the USciences' literary journal), and coordinator of the Misher Festival of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Prior Positions

  • Faculty, New Jersey Governor’s School on the Environment, The Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey. 2000-Present
  • Writer/staff, Honolulu Weekly newspaper. 1994-1998.

Teaching Honors

  • 2009 Patricia Leahy Award for Teaching Innovation
  • 2006 William F. Homiller Award for Teaching Excellence

Teaching Responsibilities

  • IH 212 Intellectual Heritage-Nature
  • HU 340 Nature and Environmental Literature
  • EN 303 Playwriting
  • EN 304 Creative Writing: Fiction
  • EN 330 Introduction to Journalism
  • EN 308 Creative Nonfiction
  • EN 309 Nature Writing
  • EN 312 Modern Drama and Theatre

Selected Scholarly Activity


Flanagan, Christine. “East of Eden: Flannery O’Connor’s Moral and Ecological Vision.” Ragione, Ficition e Fede: Convegno Internazionale su Flannery O’Connor, Poetica & Cristianesimo 2009. A cura di Enrique Fuster e John Wauck Edusc, Roma (2011).

Flanagan, Christine. "The Woods" Painted Bride Quarterly (2010)

Flanagan, Christine. "Departure." The Broad River Review (2009)

Flanagan, Christine. "The Superfund Gothic: Susanne Antonetta’s Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir. New Directions in Ecofeminist Literary Criticism. ed. Andrea Campbell Cambridge Scholars Press (2008)

Flanagan, Christine. "Pageant." Pisgah Review (2008)

Flanagan, Christine. "Return to Ithaca." Philadelphia Stories (2007). Republished in Philly Fiction II (2009) and performed live at Writing Aloud/Interact Theater (2008).

Flanagan, Christine. "Eve Doran." Burning Leaf (2005)

Flanagan, Christine. "Disappearances." The Drexel Online Journal (2001)


Unfurnished (2005) Riant Theatre/Baruch Performing Arts Center Winter Short Play Festival, The Riant Theatre (New York).

Chlamydia is not a Flower (2000) Northwest Playwright’s Guild (Portland, OR).


“Into the Woods: Experiential Learning in the Humanities” (poster/presentation). Temple University Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence, January 16, 2013.

“Into the Woods: Experiential Learning in Writing and Humanities Courses.” 14th Annual NJ Writing Alliance Conference. May 29, 2013. Middlesex Community College (Edison, NJ)

"East of Eden: Flannery O’Connor’s Moral and Ecological Vision." 2009 Poetics and Christianity Conference, “Reason, Fiction and Faith: An International Flannery O’Connor Conference” Rome, Italy.

"Ecocritical Anticipation in the Short Fiction of Flannery O’Connor." 2009 Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston, MA

"Writing the Region: Readings from Writers Rooted in Place." 2009 Northeast Modern Language Association. Boston, MA

"Designing the Nature Writing Course as Experiential Education." 2008 CCCC (Conference on College Composition and Communication) New Orleans, LA 

Contact Information

Office location: East Building Room 105
Mailing address: Box 102
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215.596.7543
Office Fax: 215.596.8722

c [dot] flanag [at] usciences [dot] edu