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 Hiner, Amanda   Name:  Amanda Hiner 
Title:  Assistant Professor of English 
Ph.D., 18th-Century British Literature, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo.
M.A., British and American Literature, Washington University
B.A., English (Honors), Oglethorpe University
Office:  218 Bancroft Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2351 
18th-Century British Literature, Early Modern and Early Enlightenment British Literature, Critical Thinking and Writing, British Women Writers

Dr. Amanda Hiner, Assistant Professor of English at Winthrop University, teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British literature; novels of formation; major British authors; critical reading, thinking, and writing; academic writing; introduction to the English major; preparation of oral and written reports; and the human experience.  In addition, Dr. Hiner serves as Coordinator for the Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing courses at Winthrop University, an important component of both the Writing Program and the Touchstone Core.  Dr. Hiner received her Master’s Degree in British and American literature and her Ph.D. in Eighteenth-Century British Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, writing and defending a dissertation titled “Women, Publicity, and Print Culture in England, 1670 – 1770.”

In her major field of academic research, Dr. Hiner has presented papers and published articles in refereed journals on seventeenth-century women’s educational theorists; women and print culture in eighteenth-century England; Eliza Haywood’s The Female Spectator; Sarah Robinson Scott’s Millenium Hall; distributive satire in the works of Henry Fielding and Eliza Haywood; and political satire in the works of Jonathan Swift and Delarivier Manley.  Dr. Hiner is currently serving as a co-editor of a forthcoming special topics issue of Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies titled “New Approaches to Eliza Haywood:  The Political Biography and Beyond.” 

In addition to her primary field of research, Dr. Hiner has developed expertise in the field of critical thinking.  Hiner publishes articles, presents conference papers, develops curricula, and trains faculty in critical thinking and its application in the classroom.  Hiner’s articles “Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom, Part I: Making Critical Thinking Visible” and “Critical Thinking in the Literature Classroom, Part II:  Dickens’s Great Expectations  and the Emergent Critical Thinker” were recently published in INQUIRY:  Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, the nation’s premier refereed journal on critical thinking, and her article ““The Viability of the English Major in the Current Economy” (CEA Forum 2012) emphasizes the crucial role of critical thinking in English Studies curricula.   

Prior to joining the faculty at Winthrop University, Hiner held lecturer and tenure-track teaching positions at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Hiner is married and has three sons.