Erin Hanson has a bachelor’s in English and comparative literature from Williams College.
In August 2021, she submitted her dissertation for an MPhil in English studies at Cambridge University.
At Williams, Erin was a Ruchman Fellow at the Oakley Center for Humanities—where she wrote her senior thesis on debility, embodiment, and ecology in the work of Virginia Woolf and the philosopher Martin Heidegger—and also completed an independent study on literary pedagogy. She was a Williams Roche Research Fellow in the summers of 2016 and 2017. In 2016, she investigated the interarticulation of colonialism and feminism in the west, focusing on the Brontë sisters. The following summer, she immersed herself in the New York Public Library’s collection of literature and documents related to the AIDS crisis. She also acted in and directed the Williams parody Frosh Revue; led freshmen in an outdoor orientation trip; and participated in campus activism around mental health, disabled life, and racial and economic justice. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and she received the Edward Gould Shumway and Stanley Strauss prizes for outstanding work in English.
As a Herchel Smith fellow at Cambridge University, Erin completed her master’s thesis on queer masculinity and racial capital in the work of Toni Morrison. She is due to receive her diploma this fall.
Outside of school and work, Erin sits zazen and enjoys theater, walking, and gardening. At St. Andrew’s, Erin teaches English and is a faculty advisor to the newspaper, literary magazine, and LGBTQ+ affinity group. She lives with her partner, Bertie, and their puppy, Ernest, on Upper Pell, where she is a dorm parent.