Devori Kimbro earned her BA in History and English, as well as an MA in English from Idaho State University. In 2010, she began earning her PhD in literature from Arizona State University, with an emphasis on early modern polemical and pamphlet literature. Her dissertation, Trauma, Typology, and Anti-Catholicism in Early Modern England 1579 - 1625 links theories of cultural trauma with biblical exegesis in works of anti-Catholicism in the Elizabethan and Jacobean reigns. Her research primarily focuses on anti-Catholic rhetoric in the Protestant Reformation, and how such rhetoric intersects with religious and cultural trauma. Her writing has appeared in Prose Studies and The Literary Encyclopedia. She currently co-hosts Remixing the Humanities - a podcast which interrogates the changing role of humanities education in higher education and the world at large. In addition to her specialization, she worked hard to develop her composition and rhetoric pedagogy during her time at Arizona State University and beyond.
BA and MA, Idaho State University
PhD, Arizona State University
Research and/or Creative Interests
Early modern English polemic/religious writing and drama, and early modern anti-Catholic rhetoric.
Literature, Shakespeare, early modern plays and poetry, composition and rhetoric
I believe in walking the talk with regards to teaching. I am a believer in drafting often, and reviewing thoroughly - so that's what we do in my writing courses. I believe in making literature and history accessible and interesting so students can see the great continuum of thinking and experiences to which they belong.
What are your expectations of students?
I expect my students to arrive at class prepared and ready to engage. I also expect them to reach out to me (or other resources) when they are having trouble grasping material so that everyone can work together for student success.
Why did you become an English professor?
I became an English professor because I loved learning in this field so much I never wanted to be removed from that process. This way, I get to put my knowledge to use helping other students come to love learning.
Why teach X?
I teach what I teach because I think both composition and literature can be broken down into rhetorical questions that are fascinating. Why do we write? To whom do we write? What are we trying to accomplish? Both writing and literary analysis need these questions to be of use.
Outside of being a professor, what do you do for fun and/or relaxation?
I love to read, watch film, and work in my yard.
What's something about you that might surprise your students?
I love horror movies. Like -- really love them. Too much.