Since receiving her Ph.D. in 2003, Dr. Cothran has taught classes at the University of Tennessee, the College of William and Mary, and Winthrop. Her varied classes have addressed such topics as "Great Authors of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," "Modern British Literature," and "The Victorian Short Story," as well as specialized courses such as "Critical Thinking, Reading, and Writing," "The Human Experience," "Detective and Mystery Novels," and "Fairy Tales and Heroic Quests." Cothran’s scholarly work also is rather varied. Inspired by a graduate fellowship that allowed her to help edit a critical text on Victorian mystery writer Wilkie Collins (Reality’s Dark Light: The Sensational Wilkie Collins, eds. Maria K. Bachman and Don Richard Cox, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2003), she published two articles on Wilkie Collins: one in the Victorians Institute Journal (2006) and one in the Wilkie Collins Society Journal (2002). She also has published on New Woman Fiction, the topic of her dissertation. Her work has appeared in Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies (2006), Working Papers in Irish Studies (2007, 2009), and in the book collection New Woman Writers: Authority and the Body (eds. Melissa Purdue and Stacey Floyd, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009). Cothran has published an article on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series (see Scholarly Studies in Harry Potter: Applying Academic Methods to a Popular Text, ed. Cynthia Whitney Hallett, Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2005) and has researched a number of entries for two different encyclopedias. In addition, she has written an introduction to the collection of essays penned by New York Times bestselling author Alethea Kontis.
Cothran is married and has two children.