Emily Seelbinder, Ph.D.

Emily Seelbinder

Professor, English Literature & Creative Writing Department


Dr. Emily Seelbinder is a professor of English and the chair of the Department of English, Drama, and Creative Writing. Among her students she is reputed to be “the meanest, badest English teacher on the planet.” Despite this distinction, Dr. Seelbinder has twice received the Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award.

In 2007 Queens presented her with the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award, which came with a generous fund that Dr. Seelbinder has put to use providing opportunities for Queens students to enjoy close encounters with creative writers, artists, scholars and musicians.

Dr. Seelbinder’s scholarly interests frequently combine her love of poetry, especially that of Emily Dickinson, with a love of music. She is editor of “My Criterion for Tune,” a series of articles in the Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin about musical settings of Dickinson’s poems and letters.

She is also a frequent speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council on such subjects as “The Harlem Renaissance: An Explosion of African American Creativity,” “Emily Dickinson and the Word of God,” and “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.”


Ph.D., M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
B.A., Hollins College

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