Dr. Emily Baldys

Assistant Professor of English/British Literature

Dr. Emily Baldys

Contact Information


Office: Hash 215
Phone: 717-871-5446

Spring 2020

T: 10:40-1:10
W: 2:00-3:00
R: 10:40-1:10

Dr. Emily Baldys is a teacher and scholar with specialties in nineteenth-century British literature and disability studies. Her research explores the ways in which literary texts engage with scientific, medical, and popular discourse to shape cultural conceptions of the abnormal body and mind. Her dissertation examined depictions of disability and rehabilitation in the fiction of Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Gaskell. Previous publications have also explored the intersection of disability with constructions of gender, class, and domesticity in classic and contemporary literature. Prior to teaching at Millersville University, she worked at Zane State College, where she taught modern British literature, composition, the literature of sustainability, and the literature of crime. Her Ph.D. in English is from Penn State University, where she also earned the Raymond Lombra Graduate Award for Excellence in Research in the Humanities.


Ph.D., English, The Pennsylvania State University

M.A., English, The Pennsylvania State University

B.A., English, Bryn Mawr College 


Victorian Literature, Romantic Literature, Disability Studies


Women’s writing, early feminism, popular romance, the history of psychiatry, service learning

Passions & Distractions:

Animals of all kinds, especially cats; travel; cooking and eating; gardening; fantasy role-playing games; minor league baseball

Sample Publications:

“Hareton Earnshaw and the Shadow of Idiocy: Disability and Domestic Disorder in Wuthering Heights.” Philological Quarterly 91.1 (2012): 49–74.

“Disabled Sexuality, Incorporated: The Compulsions of Popular Romance.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 6.2 (2012): 125–41.