Language and Literature

Faculty and Staff

Stephanie Peebles Tavera

Assistant Professor of English and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Department of Language and Literature
Sam Fore Hall 101C
+1 (361) 593-4707
Texas A&M University-Kingsville


  • PhD in English, Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate, The University of Texas at Arlington, 2017
  • MA in Humanities–Studies in Literature, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2011
  • BA in Literature, Minor: Hispanic/Spanish Area Studies, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2009


(P)rescription Narratives: Feminist Medical Fiction and the Failure of American Censorship. Interventions in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture Series. Edinburgh University Press, 2022. Order here.
Reviewed in:

  • American Literary History 35.3 (2023): 1455-57. By Sara L. Crosby. Open-access here.
  • Transatlantica 2 (2023). By Margaret Jay Jessee. Open-access here.
  • Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 42.2 (2023): 391-393. By Cynthia J. Davis.
  • Utopian Studies 34.3 (2023): 612-16. By Etta M. Madden.

Introduction and editor of appendix. Helen Brent, M.D. (1892) by Annie Nathan Meyer. Hastings College Press, 2020.
Winner of Honorable Mention, 2021 Book Edition Award of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers. Order here.

“Speculative Genealogies: Global Infertility and the Biopolitics of the Fertility Dystopia.” Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers 40.1/2 (2023): 108-133.

“Her Body, Herland: Reproductive Health and Dis/topian Satire in Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” Utopian Studies 29.1 (2018): 1-20.

“Utopia, Inc.: A Manifesto for the Cyborg Corporation.” Science Fiction Studies 44.1 (2017): 21-42

Public Scholarship

Guest Speaker. Episode 177: Zelda Fitzgerald – Save Me the Waltz with Stephanie Peebles Tavera, Lost Ladies of Lit Podcast, hosted and produced by Amy Helmes and Kim Askew. January 30, 2024. Listen here on Apple Podcasts. Transcript available here.

Guest Speaker and Guest Producer. “Doing Recovery in the 21st Century: A Journey Through the Archives and Beyond,” The C19 Podcast, Season 6 Episode 1, Mar. 2, 2023. With Mary Chapman, Brigitte Fielder, Lori Harrison-Kahan, and Dana Herman. Listen Here on Soundcloud.

“Anti-Censorship Alcott, Or How the Author of Little Women Taught Girls to Talk Sex,” Critical Childhood Studies (CCS) Project Blog. Feb. 16, 2022. Open-access article.

Editorial Work


  • ENGL 5360/CULS 5360: Archival Studies (emphasis: Nineteenth-Century Literature)
  • ENGL 4365: Colonial & Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • ENGL 3333: Survey of American Literature
  • ENGL 2342: Introduction to Literature (Topics: “Haunted Waterways,” “Black Women Writers”)
  • ENGL 1302: Rhetoric & Composition II
  • ENGL 1301: Rhetoric & Composition I


  • C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists (C19)
  • College English Association (CEA)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • Modernist Studies Association (MSA)
  • Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)
  • Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)
  • Society for Utopian Studies (SUS)
  • Texas Regional Society for the Study of American Women Writers (Texas SSAWW)
Stephanie Peebles Tavera