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Director for Literature, Medicine, and Culture
Founding Director for HHIVE

523 or 524 Greenlaw Hall

Department of English and Comparative Literature

Ph. D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2001 (English and American literature)
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1995 (English and American literature)
B.A., Amherst College, 1985 (English)


Dr. Jane F. Thrailkill is the Director for the English M.A. program in Literature, Medicine, and Culture and the Health Humanities Lab at UNC Chapel Hill.

In addition to directing the LMC and HHIVE organizations at UNC, Dr. Thrailkill is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Associate Professor at UNC’s Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her academic specialties are pre-1900 American literature and the medical humanities. In 2013 Dr. Thrailkill delivered a TedxUNC talk about the serious issue of hospital-based delirium in relation to Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and how literary studies can give insight into medical problems, and has been part of the Medical Humanities initiative at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes MH working group in Hong Kong (June 2014).