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

  • * Chancellor’s Council for Outstanding Teaching Award * nominee, University of Texas system, 2008-09
  • “Superior / Outstanding” teaching evaluations, Annual Performance Review, Dean of AH, 2004-2009
  • * Victor Worsfold Award for Outstanding Teaching * School of Arts and Humanities, U.Texas-Dallas, 2004-2005
  • Undergraduate Teaching Award, nominee, School of Arts and Humanities, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 (and other years, nominations not always made public)
  • “Superior Teaching” evaluation, Dean’s Merit Report, University of Texas-Dallas, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003.
  • “Excellent Teaching” rating, Pre-Tenure Review committee, University of Texas-Dallas, 1996-97.
  • “Exceptional / Clearly Superior” Teaching evaluation, University of Oklahoma, 1992-93.
  • Letter of Commendation for Teaching Excellence, Provost, Millikin University, 1990.


  • Peer Reviewer, PMLA, special volume, Literary Criticism for the Twenty-First Century edited by Cathy Caruth (Emory) and Jonathan Culler (Cornell), 2008-09
  • Chair, Executive Committee , 2003-04
  • Executive Committee, 5-year appointment, 2000-2004
  • Session Organizer, 2003-2004


  • Presenter: “Thomas Hardy’s Personal Construct Cosmology” in Nineteenth-Century Representation of Astronomy, November, 2004
  • Committee on Research and the Profession (CORP), 1996-98.
  • Session Organizer::
    • “Style and Contention: Literary History and Rhetoric in the History of Science”(proposed, 1997)
    • “Humor, Literature and Science,” November 1993.
    • “Science, History and Poetics in Early Modern Europe,” October 1991.
    • “Science in Literature,” October 1989.


  • Session Organizer:
  • “The Tech and Techne of Anime and Manga,” 2004
  • “Anime Adventures,” 2003
  • Nominating Committee, 2000
  • Program Committee, 1999 and 1993
  • Chair of Program Committee, 1992
  • Executive Committee, At-Large Post, 1992-94
  • Nominee: Vice-President, 1991
  • Membership Representative, 1987+


  • Grant Proposal Review, National Science Foundation, Science and Society Program, 2006
  • Editorial Board, Mechademia, journal of Japanese Animation and Manga, University of Minnesota, 2007+
  • Editorial Board, Women in Science series, Harwood Academic Publishers.
  • Associated Scholar, History of Science Department, University of Oklahoma.

PEER REVIEW AND EVALUATION: Journals, scholarly volumes, presses:

  • – article for The Thomas Hardy Review, “The Woodlanders and Archaeoastronomy,” 2009-10
  • – article for special issue of PMLA, Literary Criticism for the Twenty-First Century, 2008-09
  • – book manuscript, Thomas Hardy and Archaeology, Ashgate Publishing, 2008
  • – multiple submissions, Mechademia, 2008+
  • – journal article, “A Brave New Era? Humanity in Neon Genesis Evangelion” Mechademia 3, 2007
  • – journal article, anime series, Haibene Renmei, Mechademia 1, 2006
  • – book manuscript, popular physics, Ashgate Publishing, 2005.
  • – journal article for special issue, “Science Fiction and Literary Studies: The Next Millennium,” PMLA, 2002
  • – book manuscript, archaeology and anthropology in Thomas Hardy, Ashgate Publishing, 2001.
  • – book manuscript, The Book of the Cosmos, anthology of cosmological writings, Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • – book manuscript, collective biography of Victorian women scientists, Harwood Academic Pub, 1998.
  • – book manuscript, Pulp Science: Race, Gender and Prediction, Columbia University Press, 1998.
  • – journal article, Swift’s satiric treatment of Newtonian ether, Perspectives on Science, 1997.
  • – book manuscript, biography of biologist, Alice Boring, Gordon and Breach, 1997.
  • – book manuscript, Profiles of Pioneering Women in Science: Astronomers, Gordon and Breach, 1996.
  • – article for edited volume, philosophy of time, International Society for the Study of Time, 1996.
  • – book manuscript, Pioneering Women of Physics, Gordon and Breach, Fall, 1995.
  • – Dudley Research Award. Evaluated and ranked research proposals for 1994 competition.
  • – journal article, natural philosophy of M. Cavendish, Configurations: J. of Lit.,Science and Technology, 1993.
  • – book manuscript, Word of God, Languages of Man, Literature and Science Series, U. Wisconsin Press, 1993.
  • – article for edited volume on ancient religion, science, Pascal Centre--Studies in Science, Religion, 1993.
  • STEM Liaison (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Thunderbird Service Unit, 2009+
  • Girl Scouts of America, Leader, Junior Troop 209, 2008+
  • Girl Scouts of America, Leader, Brownie Troop 209, 2007-08
  • Girl Scouts of American, Assistant Leader, Brownie Troop 209, 2005-2007
  • Volunteer: March of Dimes, 2004-06
  • All-Saints Catholic School, special events volunteer, 2003+
  • American Diabetes Association, 1995-2003
  • Callier Angel Gift Tree (UTD), 1994-2003
  • Special Needs Adoption Resource Group, Lutheran Social Service,1998-2001
  • Lakeview Elementary, Volunteer, 1998-2002
  • Faculty Sponsor: Student Group, 1996-98; Habitat for Humanity, 1996


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]