Jill Hampton earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Illinois in Springfield and her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
She arrived at USCA in August of 2003, coming from an administrative position focused on student success at Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches both writing and literature courses and especially enjoys her time teaching courses in the Women’s Studies minor at USC Aiken. She has lived in both the plains of Nebraska, making frequent camping trips to the Rocky Mountains, and the prairies of Illinois, a place her white ancestors helped settle in the early 1800s. A strong sense of place led her to the largest scholarly archive of Writers of Place where she earned two Formby Fellowships for month-long studies of Gretel Ehrlich. When Ehrlich is ready, Jill plans to write a critical monograph on her work.
Jill has focused strongly on Irish-American and Irish Literature, fueled by her dissertation on recovering women’s texts and her own Irish ancestry. These concerns led her beyond issues of post-colonialism into the realm of landscape theory in literary narratives, earning her a RISE grant to study comedic equestrian writers Edith Somerville and Martin Ross’s papers in Ireland. She is also interested in the questions concerning how American landscapes inform both Ethnic and Anglo-American literary identities. Two of her three Magellan scholars have focused on Irish-American themes, while one has studied film adaptations of women’s texts. Most recently, Border Theory has fascinated her, especially how it relates to identity borders, both literary and metaphoric. She is currently revising several conference presentations for publication, at the conference presentators’ request.
In her spare time, she enjoys her French Bulldogs and equestrian activities of all kinds.