Stephanie Schoellman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Instruction, English

Stephanie Schoellman


Stephanie Schoellman, Ph.D. is First Gen and has degrees in English and Creative Writing from UTSA, Our Lady of the Lake University, and Schreiner University, along with graduate certifications in Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition. Her dissertation, Dis(curse)ive Discourses of Empire, introduces the concept of Hinterland Gothics and cross-culturally analyzes how Young Adult and New Adult authors from various locations of Empire (Ireland, the mestizx borderlands, and the Black Diaspora) appropriate Gothic discourse to intersectionally critique hegemonic forces and decolonize the Gothic Imagination.

Recent publications include a forthcoming book chapter about Finals Girls for Routledge Press and a co-authored article in Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, “Speculative Sankofarration: Haunting Black Women in Contemporary Horror Fiction,” and multiple contributions to the Black Speculative Arts Archive. Her creative works have appeared in F(r)iction Online, Texas’s Best Emerging Poets, Voices de la Luna, and various college literary journals.

Her passion is using the literary arts to transform personal and political realities; her joys are snuggling with her two dachshunds, drinking coffee and tea, and going on ghost tours.


  • American Literature 1945-Present
  • American Literature I and II
  • African American Literature
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Short Screenplay
  • Poetry
  • Advanced Fiction
  • Technical Writing 
  • Composition I and II 
  • Advanced Professional Writing and Creative Non-Fiction

Research Interests

  • Gothic Imagination
  • Decolonial Theory
  • Popular Culture
  • Young Adult Literature
  • American Studies
  • Creative Writing


  • Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificates in Creative Writing and Rhetoric and Composition, University of Texas at San Antonio (2018)
  • M. A. in English/Creative Writing, Our Lady of the Lake University (2011)
  • B.A. in English, Schreiner University (2007)
  • A.A. in English, Northwest Vista College (2005)


“Things are Getting Real…Gothic: The Realgothik as a Decolonizing Literary Agent,” Gothic Trespass: Border, Bodies, Texts Colloquium, UT at Austin, Texas (2017)

“Subverting the Classics: Ethnogothic Discourse as Decolonial Strategy in Helen Oyeyemi’s Works,” NWSA Conference: Decoloniality, Montreal, Canada (2016)

“Geek Culture,” Guest Panel Member, RunnerCon, UTSA (2016)

American Literature Symposium: The Latina/o Literary Landscape, “Queering the Uncanny: Latino/a Authors Disidentify with Normative Familia Structures through the Gothic Aesthetic,” San Antonio, Texas (2014)

Southwest Popular and American Culture Studies (SWPACA), “The Perfectly Rational Woman in the Attic: Women of Color Reclaim the Gothic Space through Disidentification in Autobiography,” Albuquerque, New Mexico (2014)


“‘What about you, Maxine? What’s your American Dream?’: X and Pearl Radically Refit the Final Girl with an Ax and Hack Apart the American Pastoral,” book chapter in Heroic Girls (Routledge Press, Edited by Simon Bacon) (Forthcoming)

“Book Review: A New Sun on the Western Horizon,” book review for Speculative Wests (2023) in New Mexico Historical Review (Forthcoming)

Co-author, “Speculative Sankofarration: Haunting Black Women in Contemporary Horror Fiction,” article in Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora, 42.1 and 42.2, special two volume edition and winner of the CELJ Parnassus Award (2016)