Andrea Charise

Obermann Post-Doctorate Fellow

Andrea Charise received her PhD from the Department of English at the University of Toronto where, over the course of her degree, she also participated in the transdisciplinary research program “Health Care, Technologies, and Place.” Her doctoral dissertation (“‘Time’s feeble children’: Old Age and the Nineteenth-Century Longevity Narrative, 1793-1901”) examined how nineteenth-century British novelists sought to represent old age in the wake of acute challenges to traditional models of lifespan and life course narratives. Her book-in-progress builds on these findings by investigating how the early-nineteenth century “invention” of population impacts broader cultural conceptualizations of older age—not only over the course of the nineteenth century but in our own age-averse historical moment as well. In addition to earning recognition for her scholarship and teaching in the humanities, Andrea Charise has also produced award-winning interdisciplinary research that draws on more than ten years of work experience as a medical researcher. Her research has appeared in a range of peer-reviewed venues including Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Academic Medicine, Health Expectations, and English Literary History (ELH)