After receiving her B.A. in English from Mercyhurst College in 1998 and her M.A. from Gannon University in 2000, Dr. Marcia Farrell graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Ph.D. in English Literature and Languages in 2005. Her dissertation, “Sympathy and Ambivalence in Early Twentieth-Century Literature” focused on the works of E.M. Forster, Mulk Raj Anand, Elizabeth Bowen, and Sean O’Faolain.
In 2006, she was hired by Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA, where she received tenure, taught contemporary British literature, Postcolonial literature, Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Writing, and served on a number of committees, including chairing the Faculty Affairs Council. She has given a number of conference presentations and is published in several academic journals, including South Asian Review, James Joyce Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, and, most recently, Studies in Popular Culture.
Although she remains an active scholar, she chose to return home to Erie in the summer of 2017 and spent a year as the Librarian at Mercyhurst Preparatory School before being named the editor of the Journal of Erie Studies and then promoted to Membership Coordinator and Bookkeeper, which allows her to draw on her academic background while helping to advance the mission of the Jefferson in advancing civil discourse and community progress.