Pamela Gossin

Professor - Arts And Humanities

Professional Preparation

Dual Ph.D. - History of Science and English
University of Wisconsin-Madison - 1989
MA - English
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - 1984
B.A. - English and Latin w/ Math minor
University of Nebraska-Lincoln - 1978

Research Areas

Areas of Specialization

History of Science and interdisciplinary Literature and Science studies (especially 17th through 20th centuries); women and science; literature and the environment, including nature writing; scientific biography and autobiography; popularization of science and public education in science and technology; science poetry; interrelations of astronomy, cosmology and literature; Japanese anime and manga; Great Plains literature and culture; "Great Books" of World Cultures.


Beneath the Stars: A 'Literary' History of Astronomy, Women and Poetics, 1590-1990, in progress. in progress - Publication
"Literature and the Modern Physical Sciences," Cambridge History of Science, Volume 5: Modern Physical and Mathematical Sciences, ed. Mary Jo Nye, expected 1999. 1999 - Publication
An Encyclopedia of Literature and Science, under contract with Greenwood Press, expected 1999-2000. 1999 - Publication
"Aphra Behn," Women of Science, ed. Marilyn Ogilvie et al, Holt/Routledge, expected 1998. 1998 - Publication
"Literature and the Scientific Revolution," The Scientific Revolution, ed. Wilbur Applebaum, NY: Garland, expected late 1998. 1998 - Publication
Markley, Robert, Fallen Languages: Crises of Representation in Newtonian England, 1660-1740, Early Science and Medicine 3.3 (Aug 1998) 265-267. 1998 - Publication
"Living Poetics, Enacting the Cosmos: Diane Ackerman's Popularization of Astronomy in The Planets: A Cosmic Pastoral," Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 26 (1997) 605-638. 1997 - Publication
"News on the Encyclopedia of Literature and Science," Decodings, 6.2 (Spr 1997) 4-9. 1997 - Publication
"'All Danae to the Stars': Nineteenth-Century Representations of Women in the Cosmos," Victorian Studies, 40.1 (Aut 1996) 65-96. 1996 - Publication
"Literature and Astronomy," History of Astronomy: An Encyclopedia, ed. J. Lankford, NY: Garland, 1996, 307-314. 1996 - Publication


Professor of Arts and Humanities
University of Texas-Dallas [2010–2018]
Associate Professor of Arts and Humanities
University of Texas-Dallas [2001–Present]
Assistant Professor of Arts and Humanities
University of Texas-Dallas [1994–2001]
Visiting Assistant Professor, History of Science Summer
University of Oklahoma [1994–1994]
Assistant Professor of English
University of Missouri-Rolla [1994–1994]
Visiting Assistant Professor, History of Science
University of Oklahoma [1991–1993]
Rockefeller Fellow, History of Science
University of Oklahoma [1990–1991]
Assistant/Adjunct Professor of English
Millikin University [1988–1990]
Affiliate Professor of Science Education
University of Texas-Dallas [–2018]

Additional Information

  • Editorial work: Knoll, Robert E. Weldon Kees and the Midcentury Generation..., Lincoln: UNP, 1986.
  • Bibliographic work, Princeton University: Zimmerberg, Helen ed, Cyclic AMP Bibliography, Squibb.
  • Staff of Alicorn, undergraduate literary magazine, University of Nebraska.
  • Poetry editor, Runes, student literary magazine, Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Curator / Asst Curator, Nebraska Literature and History Collection, Lincoln Public Libraries, 1981-84.
  • Library Assistant: Microforms, Periodicals, and Audio. Love Memorial Library, University of Nebraska.
  • University of Wisconsin: Organizer: Graduate Student Conference Workshop; George Sarton Grad. Student Society.
  • University of Nebraska: Grade Appeals Committee, Classics Department.
    • Director, Medical and Scientific Humanities (MaSH minor), 2003+
    • Advisor and Curriculum Developer, Medical and Scientific Humanities Minor and Major, 1999-present
    • Steering Committee, Science and Mathematics Education, UTeach Program, 2008+
    • Committee on Teaching Effectiveness, 2008+
    • A&H Faculty Personnel Review Committee, 2006-08
    • 3rd Year Review Committee, Prof. Michelle Nickerson, 2008-09
    • Early Modern British Literature Search Committee, 2008-09
    • Internal Review Board (research on animal and human subjects), member, 2005+; vice-chair, 2004-2005
    • Dean’s Executive Committee, Dean of Arts and Humanities, 2004-2006
    • SACSCOC Accreditation Committee, Literary faculty credentials, 2006
    • School of A&H Library and Teaching Resources Committee, 2006-07
    • University Library Committee, 2006+
    • Search Committees:
      • – Early Modern British Literature, 2007-08 (no offer made)
      • – Film Studies, 2007+
      • – Chinese History, 2006+
      • – Early Modern British Literature, 2006-07
      • – Classics, 2005-06
      • – Medical and Scientific Humanities, 2005-06
      • – University Fellows, 3 positions
      • – American Women’s History
      • – American History & Teachers Education
      • – Humanities, Senior Lecturers, 3 positions
    • Graduate Studies Committee, A&H, 2004-2006
    • Faculty Sponsor, Retrospect (graduate student journal), 2006+
    • Faculty Sponsor, Literary Studies Society, 2006+ (early-stage development)
    • Ad Hoc Committee for Revision of AH By-laws, 2004-05
    • Tenure Review Committees:
      • Dr. Edrie Sobstyl, 2002-2003
      • Dr. Homer Montgomery (reassigned), 2003
      • Historical Studies, Dr. Daniel Wickberg, 2001
    • 3rd Year Review Committees:
      • Historical Studies, Prof. Natalie Ring, 2006-07
      • Social Sciences, Dr. Doug Harris, 2001
    • Gender Studies Program Faculty
    • Medical and Scientific Humanities Minor Proposal
    • Sigma Xi, Scientific Honorary, 1999+
    • Dean’s Task Force for Teachers Education
      • Advisor, Teachers Education Students seeking Certification in History, 1998-99
      • Advisor: Historical Studies majors with Teachers certificate
    • Central Faculty Advisor, Undergraduate Studies, 1996-97
    • Associate Director, Center for the Study of Science and the Arts, 1994-96
    • University Committee on Educational Policy (CEP)
    • School of Arts and Humanities:
      • Course and Curriculum Committee
      • Library Committee
      • Development Committee
      • Teaching Committee
      • Nominating Committee
      • Faculty Personnel Committee
    • Supervisor: Teaching Assistants / Research Assistant.
    • Gender Studies Working Group
    • Advisor: Graduate Student Handbook project
    • Presenter: Graduate Student Association Job Fair
    • New Faculty Advising Orientation
    • Faculty revision of course catalogs, every two years
    • Social Study of Science Reading Group; Association of Professional Women
    • University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology): 1993-94 Hired for “Literature and Science” position previously held by N. Katherine Hayles.
      • Director, Literature and Science Minor program
      • Graduate Faculty
      • Annual Faculty Peer Review of Teaching Portfolios
      • Departmental Curriculum Committee
      • Intercultural Community Development Workshop
      • Student Affairs Committee
      • English Department Advisory Board
      • Course and Curriculum Improvement
      • Personnel Committee
      • Faculty evaluation of Departmental Chair
      • Supervisor: Work-Study Students
      • Outreach: Lit and Sci Bibliography -- BYU Faculty
    • University of Oklahoma: 1990-1994
      • Graduate Faculty
      • Faculty Sponsor: OU Lutheran Student Study Group
      • Masters Thesis Committee
      • Judge: Oklahoma History Day
      • Supervisor: 4 Graduate Teaching Assistants
      • Interdisciplinary Faculty Workshops (monthly)
      • Undergraduate Curriculum Reform Proposal
    • Millikin University: 1988-1990
      • Literature and Science--Student Workshop
      • Career Counseling for Potential Graduate Students
      • Faculty WAC Workshop--William Zinsser
      • Supervisor: Secondary Education Intern
      • Adviser: Interdisciplinary Honors Students
      • Supervisor: Work-Study Students
      • Organizer: Conant Writing Competition
      • Participant: New Faculty Mentoring Program

Dr. Pamela Gossin studies the interdisciplinary interrelations of literature, history and science, especially astronomy and cosmology, from the ancient world, through the Scientific Revolution to the present. Her most recent book, Thomas Hardy's Novel Universe: Astronomy, Cosmology and Gender in the Post-Darwinian World (Ashgate 2007) was nominated for the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize, awarded to the best academic book in Literature and Science for 2007, sponsored by the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, as well as the inaugural British Society for Literature and Science book prize. 

Dr. Gossin's publications include: An Encyclopedia of Literature and Science (Greenwood Press, 2002), the first interdisciplinary reference work to treat the emergent field of Literature and Science studies; "Literature and Modern Physics" for the Cambridge History of Science, "Aphra Behn" for Biographical Dictionary of Women of Science, chapters on literature and astronomy for the Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution and John Lankford's History of Astronomy; as well as numerous articles and reviews in such journals as Victorian Studies, Nineteenth-Century Studies, Journal of British Studies, Women's Studies, Isis, Early Modern Science and Medicine, Humanities in Higher Education, and Clio.

Nationally, she has served on the executive committees of three professional organizations, in three disciplines: the Literature and Science Division of the Modern Language Association (MLA), History of Science Society and the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA). 

On campus, Dr. Gossin is the founder and Director of UT Dallas' program in Medical and Scientific Humanities (MaSH) and a member of the North Texas Bioethics Network. She is increasingly involved with STEM education, teaching the Perspectives on Science course as part of the National Science and Math Initiative's UTeach program, designed to improve the training of math and science teachers. She was awarded the Victor Worsfold Award for Outstanding Teaching at UT Dallas. Dr. Gossin is an active member of the Advisory Board of Mechademia, the world's first academic journal devoted to the study of anime and manga (University of Minnesota Press). 


PhD Students, 3 on Leave of Absence or Status unknown
Kim Ford, Women's Lit and Culture, 2006+ (status unknown) Melody Sadjadi, Chair, Women in Medicine, 2005+ (leave of absence) Diana Gingo, Women in Film and Literature, 2003+ (status unknown)
PhD Students, 6 Left Program or Changed Committees
Suzanne Gabriel (left program) Elizabeth Coker, Victorian Literature, 2006 (changed committees) Joe Hinman, Science, Religion, Literature - Enlightenment (Qualifying exams, 2001), 1994-2005 (left program) Darby Grande, History of Women in Physics, (left program) Annette Hoines, Concepts of Superorganism in History of Biology and Culture, 2000+ (status unknown) R. A. Cantrell, Shakespeare's Latinity and Geographical Allusions, 2000-2002 (left program)
MA Students, 2 Current, Active
April Walker, Wright Morris and Phototext, 2010 (comm. pending) Janet Fairfield, Dickens and Social Miasma, 2006+ (Spr 10 def. pending)
MA Students, 32 Graduated
Stacey Knepp, Lucian's Cosmic Voyage, 2008-09 Sara Keeth, Jane Austen, Women's Literature, 2006-2007 Sumathi Ananthakrishnan, 19th-c History, 2006-2007 Meghan Lee, Chair, 2007 Dessie Sanders, American Literature and Bible, 2006+ Tammy Brightwell, Chair, Masters-Teaching: Science Fiction, 2006. (Alice) Claire Burrows, Chair, 2005-2006. Julie Whitley, Oscar Wilde; Professional MA, 2006. Matthew Braddock, Chair, Hardy's Critique of Christianity, Simone de Beauvoir's Ethics, 2005. Kim Garcia, Chair, Nature and Poetry, 2004-2005 John Araiza, Chair, Frontier Gothic and George Orwell, 2003 (converted to new MA) Dana Turner, Chair, Women in Frontier Literature, History and Film, 2003-2004 John Altom, Co-Chair, Aristotle's Ethics and Atomic Bomb; Reading Technology, 2002-03 Nicholas Boeving, Chair, Science and Religion; Perspectives on Holocaust, 2002-03 Suzanne Gabriel, Shakespeare and Psychology, 18-19th c. psychology, 2003 Darby Grande, Chair, Gender, Science and Autobiography; Holocaust Biographies, 2001-03 Deborah Scally, Chair, Cross-Dressing in Shakespeare; Female Heroes in Children's Lit., 1999-2003 Jamie Wheeler, Chair, Ma in Grapes of Wrath; Lozen: Woman Warrior, 2001-03 Bethany Lee, Creative Portfolio: Poetry and Poetic Process, 2002. Christopher Speck, Chair, Loren Eiseley's Theory of Time; Camus's Theodicy, 1999-2002. Rosarita "Kaj" Lubag, Chair, Michael Wigglesworth; Italian Women and Culture, 2002. Shari Childers, Co-Chair, Thomas Shadwell and Courtship; Camus's Absurd, 2001-2002. Patrick Dennis, Chair, Faith and Reason in Eco and Hardy; Early Modern Concepts of Sci-fic Method, 2001-2002. Sharon Duncan, Chair, George Eliot, Medical and Social Reform, 2001-2002. Shanda Cayton, Chair, Influence of Milton on E. Barrett Browning's "Aurora Leigh," 2001. Jennifer Kraemer, Chair, Companionate Marriage in 19th-c. Literature, Fall, 2001. Kristi Wesloh, Chair, John Donne and Astronomy; E. Barrett Browning and Muse, 1998-2001. Kelly Martin, Chair, Ancient Hymn of Demeter: Feminist/Masculinist, 1999-2000. Mary Beth Weed, History of Early Modern Medicine and Literature, 1999-2000. Cathy Mathers, 19th-c Literature, Women and Medicine, 1998-99. Natalie Delker, Chair, Artificial Intelligence and 20th-c Literature, 1996-98. Lori Eaton, Chair, Satanic Heroes in Literary History, 1996-97.
MA Students, 6 Left Program, Changed Committees, or Transferred
Tim Webber, Shakespeare and Samuel Johnson, 2005- (status unknown) Karen Bartlett, Creative Portfolio: Drama (left program) Dietrich Volkland, Native American culture (left program) Cecelia Walter (changed topic and committees) Mark Dixon, transferred to graduate program at another school Tim Haynes, Chair, Technology/Culture, 2000-2002; transferred to MIT's Science Writing Program, inaugural class with major scholarship/stipend support.
Service on 15 Honors committees, to-date; Chair of 9
Christopher Cassity, Chair, The Epistemology of Detection in 19th-c Literature, 2009 (did not complete) Jade Milton, the Novel, 2008+ (status unknown) Missy Luton, Chair, Cultural Representations of Gen-X, 2007. David Cheng, Shakespeare and Beauty, 2006. Kim Conaty, Chair, Early Modern Scientific Utopias, 2006. Mark Walser, Literature, culture, cosmology in Australia, 2005+ (status unknown). Shazia Ali, Bronte's Wuthering Heights, 2005. Heather Taylor, Chair, Loren Eiseley: Paleontology and Poetry, 2001. Shari Boggus, Chair, Tess and Natural Law, 2000. Deborah Scally, Chair, Female Heroes in Children's Fantasy Literature, 1999-2000. Robert Griffin, Chair, Salvador Dali and his Aesthetic Philosophy of Human Nature, 1999. Anne Warmus, Chair, Tragedy and Comedy in Regional Literature, 1998. Brian Worrall, Chair, Utopian/Dystopian Literature, 1997-98. Emily Armstrong, Early Modern Science and Culture, 1996 (did not complete). Sloan Rawlins, Law and Literature, 1995.
PhD Students, 20 Current, Active
Julie Gavran, Chair, History of the Essay, Nature Writing, 2009+ Jill Aston, Literature and the Environment, 2009+ Lauren Dixon, Chair, Embodiment, Literature and the Environment, 2008+ (Quals, F2009) Caroline Bolt, 19th-c Brit and Am. Literature and Idea of Happiness, 2009+ Thomasina Hickman, Chair, 19th-c Gothic novel, 2009+ Abigail Manuel, Utopian/Dystopian literature, 2009+ Luke Lafitte, Popular Science Writing, 2008+ (Quals, Sum2009) Serin Hetou, 19th C. Am. Lit - Frontier (Quals, Sp2009) Jennifer Jeffrey, Newtonian alchemy, 2008+ (comm. pending) Heidi Xiong, Art and Science of Leonardo, 2008+ (comm. pending) Stacey Donald, 19th-c British Novel, 2008+ Sumathi Ananthakrishnan, 19th-c British-Indian History, 2007+ Shazia Ali, Victorian History and Culture, 2006+ (Quals, 2008?) Jaime Jordan, Chair, Victorian Literature, 2006+ (Quals, 2008) Nina Serebrianik, Medieval History and Culture, 2006+ (Quals 2008?) Susan Rushing Adams, Chair, History of Women and Medicine, 2005+ (Quals, 2009) Kristin VanNamen, Co-Chair, creative project - novel, 2005+ (Quals, 2008?) Rosarita Khadija Lubag, Rhetoric of Science Textbooks - Philippines, 2005+ Patrick Dennis, Chair, Medieval History and Philosophy of Science (Quals, 2005), 2003+ Jamie Wheeler, Co-Chair, Steinbeck's Women (Quals, 2005), 2004+ Deborah Scally, Chair, Women, Anime and Film (Quals, 2005) 2004+
PhD Students, 19 Graduated
Pia Jakobsson, 18th c. English and American Women Writers, (Quals 2006), 2003-09 Shari Childers, Chair, Women and Nature, 2005-2008 Darlene Leifson, Chair, Creativity and Performance, 2004-2008 James King, Hannah Arendt, History and Philosophy of Science, 2005-2008 Hannah Swamidoss, Victorian Popular Science for Children, 2005-2008 Christopher Speck, Chair, Loren Eiseley's Concept of Time (Quals, 2004), 2003-2007 Adrian Cook, Representations and Performance of the Matrix (Quals, 2005), 2004-2006 Mark Watney, epic poetry and C.S. Lewis, 2004-2006 Charles Kroll, creative project - novel, 2001-2006 Patricia Chogugudza, Chair, African Women in Lit and Culture, 2003-2005 Tonja Wissinger, Chair, Women, Literature and Medicine, 1995-2004 Troy Camplin, Complex Systems and Aesthetics, 2003-2004 Evelyn Montgomery, Great Plains Literature, History, Domestic Spaces (Quals, 2001), 1998-2004 M. Wayne Cooper, MD, Chair, History of Medical Ethics and Literature of Medicine (Quals, 2001), 1999-03 Yongzhao Deng, Comparative Approach to Chinese Medicine, 2001-03 Charlotte Hough, Early Modern Utopian Fiction, 2001-03 Michele Marshall, Chair, Katherine Philips and Early Modern Women's Literature, 1996-03 Chad Hansen, History of Ancient Astronomy: Planetary Mythology (Quals, 2001), 2000-2001. Jonathan Wade, Science Fiction, Technology and Comparative Law, 1994-98.


Motivating Scientific Learning Through Historical Perspectives
$10,000 - GEMS - NSF [2010–2011]
Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
$5,000,000 - State appropriation [2009–2009]
UTeach Program
$ 450,000 - Texas Instruments Foundation [2009–2009]
"A Shared Sense of the Universe: Hardy and Neihardt . . ."
$2,500 - Dudley Observatory [2009–2010]
UTeach Program
$2,400,000 - National Math and Science Initiative [2008]