Tara Friedman

Tara Friedman, MA, ABD

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Affiliated Programs


  • MA, American Literature (2008)
    Salisbury University (MD)
  • BA, English and Education (2006)
    Wilkes University (PA)

About Me

I graduated with honors from Wilkes University, where I received a BA in English and Education. I was awarded a teaching assistantship at Salisbury University and graduated with an MA in literature. I am currently ABD and pursuing my PhD. My research interests include resilience in children and young adults, literature and the environment, 20th-21st century American fiction, women writers of speculative fiction, short fiction, humor studies, and writing center theory and pedagogy. My teaching focuses around a student-centered approach with active engagement, group collaboration, and hands-on activities inside and outside of the classroom.


  • “‘How to Love this World?’: Body, Community and Environmental Crisis in Kathryn Savage’s Groundglass.” https://westtradereview.com/westendsavagereview22.html. Aug. 2022. (Reprinted in Fall Online Exclusives)
  • “Taking Up Their Rightful Space: Grief, Hunger, and Reclamation in Akwaeke Emezi’s You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty.” https://www.westtradereview.com/westendemezireview22.html. May 2022.
  • Dyer, Patricia, and Tara Friedman. “Local and Global Social Change: Building Engagement in Central America through Literacy and Sustainability.” Global Civic Engagement Edited Collection. James Bowman, Ed. 2021. (Our Chapter 6 Preview: (https://www.google.com/books/edition/Civic_Engagement_in_Global_Contexts/NNZMEAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover)
  • “Fire in the Night: A Woman’s Right to Choose in Bisi Adjapon’s The Teller of Secrets.” https://westtradereview.com/westendadjaponreview21.html?_=1636164347703. Nov. 2021. (Book Review of the Month)
  • “Ripe for Reckoning: An Anthem of Change in Christy Lefteri’s Songbirds.” https://westtradereview.com/westendlefterireview21.html?_=1627014394855. July 2021.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Humor Studies Association (AHSA)