Michele Hardesty, assistant professor of U.S. literatures, received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Her teaching and research interests include the 20th century novel, political travel writing, globalization and transnational culture, graphic narrative, media studies, and American studies.

She is currently working on a project concerning U.S. writers who traveled to and wrote about conflicts in the “Third World” during the Cold War.