Dr. Bethany Hicok is Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program. She teaches courses in modern poetry, modernism, critical theory, gender studies, and interdisciplinary courses on genetics and literature, utopias, and Ancient Greek literature and justice. She is the author of two critical books on American poetry, Elizabeth Bishop's Brazil (University of Virginia Press,2016), and Degrees of Freedom: American Women Poets and the Women's College, 1905-1955 (Bucknell 2008), which focuses on the poetry of Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, and Sylvia Plath. She is also co-editor of a collection of essays, Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century (University of Virginia Press 2012). She has published a number of essays on modern poetry and two book chapters on teaching. She led an NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Professors, Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive, at Vassar College in June 2017, and she was a participant in the 2010 NEH summer seminar on Brazilian literature held in São Paulo, Brazil.
She received her BA in English, cum laude, from Russell Sage College and her MA, MAT and PhD from the University of Rochester. She has been with Westminster since 2001.