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Sarah Rose Cole

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Office location and address
203 Monroe Hall
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.A., Bryn Mawr College
M.A., Columbia University
Ph.D., Columbia University

As an Association Dean, I advise Echols Scholars about academic plans, career goals, and any other questions about life at U.Va. and beyond. I also serve as Assistant Director of the Echols Scholars program, working together with the Director and the Echols Council to plan academic and community programming.

My academic field is English and Comparative Literature. In my teaching and research, I focus on nineteenth-century British literature, gender studies, and concepts of national and ethnic identity in modern Europe.  My Ph.D. dissertation examined the genre of the Bildungsroman (novel of education) in nineteenth-century Britain, and my recent publications explore topics such as British literary responses to the French Revolution of 1848. Before coming to U.Va., I taught in the History and Literature program at Harvard University and also served in several advising positions, including Acting Resident Dean of Dudley House at Harvard College. At U.Va., I look forward to teaching courses in the English Department and to supporting the academic progress of students in the Echols Scholars program.

COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see
ENGL 2599: Special Topics
Credits: 3
Usually an introduction to non-traditional or specialized topics in literary studies, (e.g., native American literature, gay and lesbian studies, techno-literacy, Arthurian romance, Grub Street in eighteenth-century England, and American exceptionalism). For more details on this class, please visit the department website at
ENSP 4500: Advanced Studies in Special Topics in Literature
Credits: 3
Limited enrollment. Topics vary from year to year. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at