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Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Elizabeth Schoppelrei

Dual PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

ems57 [at] psu [dot] edu
252 Burrowes Building

Office Phone: (814) 863-1125


  1. MA, Pennsylvania State University, 2018
  2. BA, Wright State University, 2016


Liz Schoppelrei is a fourth-year PhD Candidate in the dual-title program of Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They also hold a minor in German. With a strong focus on German queer culture, their dissertation examines textual representations of queer community and how taxonomies of gender and sexuality can undergird speculative community formation. Their research interests include: Weimar lesbian and transvestite periodicals, American poetry slam, queer theory, feminist theory, and queer and trans community formation.

Their article “‘Full Body Intersection’: Fat Positive Activism, Poetry Slam, and Rachel Wiley” appeared in Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society in 2018. During the 2019-2020 academic year, they will be at the Universität Potsdam as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow completing research on their project: "Contested Communities: Lesbian and Transvestite Poetry in Die Freundin (1924-1933).”


Classes Taught: 

CMLIT 122 (Global Science Fictions): Emphasis on gender and sexuality in sci-fi

CMLIT 101 ( Race, Gender, and Identity in World Literature): Emphasis on graphic narrative forms


Areas of Specialization: 

20th and 21st Century Poetry

Gender and Sexuality

Weimar Queer Culture

Queer and Feminist Theory