Chase Pielak, PhD
College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Chase Pielak grew up in Southern California and attended Azusa Pacific University majoring in biblical studies and English as an undergraduate. He then attended Fuller Seminary and received a Master’s degree in theology before turning to Claremont Graduate University to earn Master’s and Doctoral degrees in English. His specialties include nineteenth-century British, nineteenth-century American, and early modern British literature. A focus on animal studies led to his dissertation, Remembering Animals in Romantic Literature, the first chapter of which, “Roast Lamb,” is forthcoming in Nineteenth Century Studies. He has also published articles on Jane Eyre in More Than Thought and Daniel Deronda in Victorian Literature and Culture, entitled respectively, “Heroine and Hyena” and “Hunting Gwendolen.” He is currently working on articles about animal imagery in John Clare’s poetry and a certain anemone in House of Mirth. Dr. Chase engages students at Ashford University with critical and popular culture perspectives on topics ranging from reading Lady Gaga to deconstructing Shakespeare.