Dr. Erica McCrystalPart-Time Faculty, Education and Mathematics Department
Phone: ext. 2242
Email: Erica.McCrystal@centenaryuniversity.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in English, St. John’s University, 2016
  • Master of Arts (M.A.) in English, Rutgers University-Newark, 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English, The College of the Holy Cross, 2008
  • New Jersey Standard Certificate: Teacher of English


Prior to coming to Centenary, Dr. McCrystal taught high school English and college composition and literature courses. She also coached high school softball and owned her own softball coaching business. Dr. McCrystal encourages future teachers to tap into their students’ interests in their lesson planning. She has done so in her own classroom by interweaving pop culture to create relatable, relevant conversations where students make connections between older and modern works and think about cultural, national, and global themes. Dr. McCrystal also stresses the importance of integrating digital pedagogy and new technologies into the classroom.

In Dr. McCrystal’s podcast, Villains 101, she analyzes iconic literary and film villains from various critical perspectives. Check it out here: www.villains101.com

Published Work

Gotham City Living, Bloomsbury Publishing, forthcoming.

“Liminal Spaces and the Gothic Sublime of The Sandman,The Artistry of Neil Gaiman: Finding Light in the Shadows (Critical Approaches to Comics Artists Series), University Press of Mississippi, 2019.

Book Review: David Punter, The Gothic Condition: Terror, History and the Psyche, Studies in Gothic Fiction, 6.1 (2018).

“Hyde the Hero: Changing the Role of the Modern Day Monster,” University of Toronto Quarterly, Special Issue of Monster Studies, 87.1, Winter 2018.

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