B.A. University of Northern Colorado
M.A. Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Kent State University
Dr. Haller is an associate professor of English at Northern, having joined the faculty in 2009. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado (1999), an M.A. in English literature from Central Michigan University (2003), and a Ph.D. in English literature from Kent State University (2009). Dr. Haller has taught university-level English literature and composition since 2003. Before teaching, she was a legal assistant for an environmental law firm in Denver. Dr. Haller was editor in chief of the international pedagogical e-journal Academic Exchange Extra, and worked as a staff writer and freelance journalist for The Muskegon Chronicle, with several of her articles picked up by the Associated Press.
Dr. Haller serves on campus committees and is advisor for NSU's student newspaper, The Exponent. She also has organized and led a two-week summer literary tour of Europe for students and community members, traveling to England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Her areas of specialization include the writings of the Brontë sisters, 19th-century British literature, psychoanalytic criticism, trauma theory, Tolkien scholarship, and Harry Potter scholarship.
Social influences and implications of the Victorian novel
19th-century gender studies
The labor reform movement
Dr. Haller's article "Guise and the Act of Concealment in Jane Eyre" is recognized by literary critic Harold Bloom as recommended reading in his critical study Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations), New York: Chelsea House Publications, 2007.
Dr. Haller received the 2007 Mid-Atlantic Women's Studies Association's Award for Scholarly Excellence in Women's Studies for her conference paper "Red Flood of Reform: Lola Ridge's The Ghetto and the Role of Women in the Labor Reform Movement."
"The Events of My Insignificant Existence": Traumatic Testimony in the Novels of Charlotte Brontë. Under review with Palgrave Macmillan.
"Dante Allighieri". Icons of the Middle Ages. Ed. Lister Matheson. Vol. 1. Santa Barbara: ABC Clio/Greenwood, 2011. 243-270. Print.
"Perception and the Suppression of Identity in Villette". Brontë Studies: The Journal of the Brontë Society 35.2 (2010): 149-159. Print.
Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature. Ed. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. 3 vols. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 2010. Print.
"Introduction to Willa Cather's O Pioneers!" - vol. 1
The Role of Nature in O Pioneers! - vol. 1
"Responsibility in O Pioneers!" - vol. 1
"Suffering in O Pioneers!" - vol. 1
"Introduction to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"Physical and Moral Illness in A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"Identity in A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"The Role of Ethics in A Doll's House" - vol. 2
"Guise and the Act of Concealment in Jane Eyre. Brontë Studies: the Journal of the Brontë Society 28 (2003): 205-213. Print.
Specialized reader for Brontë Studies (2011-present)
Brontë sister specialized reader for LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory (2010-present)
Dr. Haller enjoys national and international travel, hiking, and old movies.