Catherine E. Hoyser, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Director, Women's Studies

Catherine E. Hoyser, Ph.D.

Dr. Catherine Hoyser cites Women’s Studies as a major part of her educational training. Her feminist pedagogy manifests itself in the classroom, where she engages her students as “equal scholars.” She explains: “I push them toward a high level of learning. I expect them to challenge assumptions, read critically, and participate in class discussions.” These methods develop students’ minds and their self-confidence.

As the first person in her family to have graduated from a university and gone on to earn higher degrees, Dr. Hoyser is drawn to issues relating to female empowerment. She has experience as a cross-cultural training consultant, which proves valuable in her teaching at University of Saint Joseph.

Among her scholarly interests are 19th and 20th Century British literature, post-colonialism, literary and feminist theories, Victorian Studies, African-American literature, detective fiction, and composition. Her first book, Woman: An Affirmation, an anthology edited with two colleagues, is widely distributed in prisons and recognized as a inspirational study of women who have overcome great obstacles to lead productive lives.


  • Greater Hartford Consortium Grant Gender/Islam, 2004-2005
  • Unification Grant Recipient from State of Connecticut, Department of Higher Education, 2002-2004, $3,500.
  • Summer Grant, University of Saint Joseph, 2002, 1999, 1993, 1992, 1990.
  • Mellon Visiting Faculty Fellow, Yale University, 1991‑1992.
  • NEH Summer Seminar Participant, Political and Religious Romance in the British Novel, led  by Prof. Judith Wilt, Boston College, 1991.
  • Scholar in Residence, Women’s Studies, Simon’s Rock of Bard College, Spring, 1988, declined.
  • Scholar in Residence, Women’s Research Institute, Hartford College for Women, 1987‑ 1988, declined.
  • Victorian Studies Dissertation Year Fellowship, 1986‑1987.

Recent Research/Publications/ Presentations

  • “Ethnicity,” invited essay, The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing, Ed. Rosemary Herbert, Oxford U.P., 137-138, 1999.
  • “Historical Mystery,” invited essay, The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing , Ed. Rosemary Herbert, Oxford U.P., 209-10, 1999,
  • Tom Robbins: A Critical Companion , Westport, Connecticut, Greenwood Press, 1997.
  • Woman: An Affirmation, Lexington, Massachusetts, D.C. Heath, under the name Cathy Mann. An anthology edited with two colleagues, Rebecca Lukens and Alice Fannin, 1978.

Academic Degrees

B.A., Miami University 
M.A., Miami University
Ph.D., Indiana University

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860.231.5294