Helen Oesterheld

Associate Professor of English
LCH B344
(310) 243-3939

Helen Oesterheld received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine in 2001. She specializes in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century English Literature with particular focus on women novelists, literature of sensibility, gothic fiction, utopian fiction, and representations of all-woman communities, real and imagined. She enjoys teaching a broad range of literature courses and she is an enthusiastic reader of contemporary novels. 


Selected Recent Publications:

“Nowhere Girl: Sarah Scott’s Millenium Hall and Representations of the All-Woman Community, 1750-1770.” In progress. 

“The Promise and Problem of All-Woman Communities, 1660-1850.” In progress.


Selected Recent Presentations:

"All-Woman Communities, Voluntary Celibacy, and the Incel's Rebuke." American Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Denver, CO, March 2019.

“Leveraging Faculty Learning Communities to Support Student Success.” Co-presenter. Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning: Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning, Newport Beach, CA, February 2016.

“HIPs: Taking Student Success to Scale.” Co-presenter. Webinar presentation to the National Association of System Heads (NASH), January 2016​.


Undergraduate Courses Taught:

ENG 303

English Literature, 1632-1832

ENG 305

Critical Reading of Literature

ENG 306

Backgrounds of Western Literature

ENG 307

Practice in Literary Criticism

ENG 308

Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature

ENG 325


ENG 326

Prose Fiction

ENG 327


ENG 335

Readings in World Literature

ENG 347

Literature of Ethnicity and Gender

ENG 350

Advanced Composition

ENG 476

Individual Authors and Topics: pre-1700

ENG 490

Seminar in Literature


Graduate Seminars Taught:

ENG 540

Fallen Figures 1674-1798

Race, Gender, and the Rise of Empire

Milton and His Heirs

ENG 543

Gothic Terror / Gothic Horror