Name:  Amanda Hiner
Title:  Chair, English Department, Professor of English; Coordinator of CRTW
Education:  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:  246 Bancroft Hall   
Phone:  803/323-4573
Area(s):  18th-Century British Literature, Early Modern and Early Enlightenment British Literature, Critical Thinking and Writing, British Women Writers



College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Dr. Amanda Hiner, Department Chair and Professor of English at Winthrop University, teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in British literature; critical reading, thinking, and writing; introduction to the English major; academic writing; and the human experience.  In addition, Hiner serves as Coordinator for the Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing courses at Winthrop University. She 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.

In her major field of academic research, Hiner recently published British Women Satirists of the Long Eighteenth Century with Cambridge University Press (2022) and has presented papers and published articles 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. She also served as co-editor of the 2014 special topics issue of Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies titled "New Approaches to Eliza Haywood: The Political Biography and Beyond," a collection of essays highlighting new critical approaches to an important eighteenth-century literary figure. 

In addition to her primary field of research, Hiner has developed expertise in the field of critical thinking.  She publishes articles and book chapters, presents conference papers, develops curricula, and trains faculty in critical thinking and its application in the classroom. Her book chapter “Equipping Students for Success in College and Beyond:  Placing Critical Thinking at the Heart of a General Education Curriculum” was published in Critical Thinking and Reasoning:  Development, Instruction, and Assessment (2020), and her articles on critical thinking in the literature classroom and on the ethical implications of Richard Paul’s critical thinking framework have appeared in INQUIRY: Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines, the nation's premier refereed journal on critical thinking.  Hiner’s article "Critical Thinking and the Techno Brain" (2015; 2017; 2022) was published in the textbook The Human Experience, and she served as an invited focal session speaker at the 35th Annual International Conference on Critical Thinking and Educational Reform (2015). 

Prior to joining the faculty at Winthrop University in 2004, 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..