Briallen Hopper

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Lecturer in English

Ph.D. Princeton University, 2010
M.A. Princeton University, 2005,
B.A. University of Puget Sound, 2001

Briallen’s book of essays on love and friendship is forthcoming from Bloomsbury. Her writing has appeared in AvidlyBeliefnetBlack Business NowThe Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia JournalThe ConversationCrosscurrentsDocument JournalHuffPostKilling the BuddhaThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe New InquiryThe New RepublicNewsweekNew York Magazine/The CutNot Coming to a Theater Near YouReligion & PoliticsSacred MattersThe Seattle StarThe StrangerTake Part, and Talking Points Memo.

Briallen is a Faculty Fellow at the University Church in Yale, Ezra Stiles College, and the Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and her work has been supported by the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton, the Center for African American Studies at Princeton, and the Jentel Artist Residency Program. She was educated at Tacoma Community College, the University of Puget Sound (BA), Princeton University (MA, PhD), and Yale Divinity School. 

Selected Journalism

- “Waveforms and the Women’s March,” Los Angeles Review of Books, February 23, 2017

- “How to Be Single,” Avidly, February 11, 2016

- “On Spinsters,” Los Angeles Review of Books, July 12, 2015

- “The Man Who Recorded Walter Scott’s Death Deserves to Be Paid,” New Republic, April 23, 2015 (with Vesla Weaver)

- “White Christmas and Black December,” Los Angeles Review of Books, December 23, 2014

- “Marilynne Robinson in Montgomery,” Religion & Politics, December 22, 2014

- “What Veterans Have Taught Me About Teaching,” HuffPost, November 11, 2014

- “White People Problems: A Time for Burning After Ferguson,” Killing the Buddha, September 17, 2014

- “Young Adult Cancer Story,” Los Angeles Review of Books, July 16, 2014 (John Green called it “the best essay about The Fault In Our Stars I’ve read”)

- “The Great Calvinist Reawakening,” Religion & Politics, June 17, 2014

- “Coming Home to The Best Years of Our Lives,” Los Angeles Review of Books, May 23, 2014

- “Dear Flannery” (with Ashley Makar), Killing the Buddha, December 24, 2013 

- “Should Working-Class People Get B.A.’s and Ph.D.’s?” (with Johanna Hopper), Chronicle of Higher Education, March 29, 2012; reprinted in Money Changes Everything, Bedford/St Martin’s, 2013 

- “Sandy Hook Sermon,” preached at the University Church in Yale; published in Killing the Buddha and HuffPost, December 16, 2012 

Selected Scholarship

- “Fundamentalism,” Keywords for Southern Studies, ed. Scott Romine and Jennifer Greeson, University of Georgia Press, 2016

- “‘Over and Over and Over Again’: James Baldwin, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the Afterlife of an American Story,” James Baldwin: America and Beyond, ed. Cora Kaplan and Bill Schwarz, University of Michigan Press, 2011 

- “The City that Déjà Vu Forgot: Memory, Mapping, and the Americanization of New Orleans,” American Cinema and the Southern Imaginary, ed. Deborah Barker and Kathryn McKee, University of Georgia Press, 2011

- “The Bondage of Race and the Freedom of Transcendence in Frederick Douglass’s My Bondage and My Freedom,” Postgraduate English 4 (September 2001)


English 120: Reading and Writing the Modern Essay; Writing About Religion; Writing About Family