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Mary-Catherine Harrison

Associate Professor of English
Department Chair

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Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 218
Phone: 313-993-1081
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Areas of Expertise:
Children's Literacy
RX for Reading Detroit
First-Generation College Students
Liberal Arts Career Prospects
Selecting College Majors
Literature: Victorian and 19th Century


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Rutgers University


Mary-Catherine Harrison, associate professor of English and chair of the Department of English, has been on the University of Detroit Mercy faculty since 2008. Harrison received her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from University of Michigan and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University. She also serves as chair of the Undergraduate Retention Committee and as a faculty mentor for 1stGen@UDM. Previously she was the director of Detroit Mercy's Academic Exploration Program and co-chair of the University Honors Program. Harrison is the vice president of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association. She also serves as the executive director of Rx for Reading Detroit, a non-profit literacy initiative focused on expanding access to children’s books in Detroit.

Harrison specializes in Victorian literature, narrative theory and the psychology of reading. Her research has appeared in Narrative, Poetics Today, Journal of Victorian Culture, Studies in the Novel, Journal of Family Theory and Review and Rethinking Empathy Through Literature. Her courses at Detroit Mercy focus 19th-century British literature and culture, the history of the novel and genre courses in fiction and poetry.

Harrison received the University's Agere ex Missione Award in 2012 and the Faculty Achievement Award in 2013. She received the 2016 Bookwoman Award from the Detroit Chapter of the Women’s National Book Association. Find out more at her website.

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