Amanda Boyd Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor of English

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  • Ph.D., English Literature, University of Southern California
  • B.A., English Literature; Italian and Special Fields—Classics, University of California, Los Angeles


  • Writing Skills Tutorial
  • Introduction to Composition
  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to Drama
  • Chaucer and Milton


Academic Interests:

  • Critical Thinking and Composition
  • Early Modern literature
  • Theatre/Performance Studies
  • Biography/Life Writing
  • Faith in the Academic Setting


Recent Publications and Presentations:

  • Dissertation: The Desire for Presence: Developments in Theatrical Biography during the Long Eighteenth Century. Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California, 2015.
  • “Pen, Paintbrush, Paste: Divergent and Converging Theories of Value in Preserving the Memory of John Philip Kemble.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Portland, OR, November 2015.
  • “No Genre for Old Women?: Theatrical Biography and the Post-Theatrical Lives of Siddons, Jordan, and Inchbald.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Los Angeles, CA, March 2015.
  • “Memory and Dismemberment: Eighteenth-Century English Theatrical Biography and the Emergence of ‘Extra-illustrated’ Scrapbook Culture.” Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association, Riverside, CA, November 2014.
  •  “Missing the (Theatrical) Point: Anecdote in Long Eighteenth-Century Thespian Biography.” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Williamsburg, VA, March 2014.
  •  “Justifiable Self-Torture?: Nathaniel Hawthorne, ‘Young Goodman Brown,’ and the Pragmatics of the Puritan Mental Landscape.” USC Association of English Graduate Students, Los Angeles, CA, April 2013.
  •  “Goosed into Reconsideration: Golden Eggs, Dueling Chaucer Pilgrim Illustrations, and Blake’s Debt to Hogarth.” Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Charleston, SC, March 2013.
  •  “No Room for an Early Modern Elysium: The Metamorphoses of Christian Pagan Tradition into Christian Hell.” Medieval and Renaissance Student Association, Long Beach, CA, February 2013.

Key Awards:

  • Fellow, USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study (2015)
  • USC English Department Summer Research Grant: Houghton Library (2014)
  • USC Provost’s Fellowship (2009-2010; 2013-2014)
  • USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute Summer Research Grant (2013)
  • USC English Department Summer Research Grant: Folger Shakespeare Library (2013)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Orange Scholarship (2013)
  • National Alpha Lambda Delta Kathryn Phillips Graduate Fellowship (2009)
  • Highest Honors, Senior Thesis (2009)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2008)
  • UCLA Alumni Association Distinguished Senior Award (2008)
  • Rose Gilbert Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2008)
  • Naumberg Research Award (2008)
  • Ahmanson Undergraduate Research Scholarship at William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (2008)
  • Church of the Valley Iris Welborn Butler Scholarship—Fall 2005
  • UCLA Alumni Association Freshman Scholarship—Spring 2005



Dr. Boyd is an elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Orange, where she also organizes the Windjammers Fellowship Group. She is a season ticket holder at the LA Opera and the San Bernardino Symphony. Dr. Boyd enjoys scrapbooking, attending plays, and informally debating. She reads widely, most frequently favoring works on Imperial Russia, Christian lifestyle books, and advice columns. Dr. Boyd’s favorite delight is to spend time with her husband, Jon, and their orange and white cat, Shelby. Dr. Boyd is a huge fan of public radio, especially Classical KUSC, and public libraries. 


Always a fan of properly placed semi-colons and evocative prose, Dr. Boyd offers informal editing for the Lampas Yearbook at Hope. She also enjoys serving in the undergraduate mentorship program.


Academic Mission Statement:

As an instructor at Hope, Dr. Boyd insists upon, and celebrates, the marriage of faith and intellect in academic pursuits. Her mission is to create an encouraging and challenging environment for students to explore great literature (and thus, ultimately, the world) through the lens of Christian faith.


Favorite Bible Verse:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39