Heather L Hill-Vasquez Heather L Hill-Vasquez
Professor of English
- Ph.D., University of Washington in Seattle
- M.A., University of Washington in Seattle
- B.A., Mount Holyoke College
Heather Hill-Vásquez, Professor of English, received a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a Master of Arts and Ph.D., from the University of Washington in Seattle. She joined Detroit Mercy in 2003. She has served as associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Education and as director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She has also served on the executive committees of the Detroit Mercy Professors’ Union and the McNichols Faculty Assembly (MFA) most recently as president of the MFA.
Her recent publications and presentations include an article on "The Hunger Games" and" To Kill a Mockingbird"; a critical edition of a late medieval Nativity Play; work on Chaucer’s Wife of Bath; on narcissism, gender, and contemporary definitions of success; on phenomenology and pain; and on women, leadership, and Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. She is currently working on a book focused on the image of the spinning woman in the Middle Ages. Her first book, "Sacred Players: The Politics of Response in the Middle English Religious Drama", was published by the Catholic University of America Press in 2007.
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, is an obsessive Red Sox fan, and a devoted mother. She also enjoys frequent walks with her rescued yellow Lab.