Tara Friedman, MA, ABD

  • Senior Lecturer

Affiliated Programs


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

About Me

I received my BA, with honors, in English and education from Wilkes University. I was awarded a teaching assistantship at Salisbury University where I graduated with an MA in literature. I am currently ABD and pursuing my PhD from IUP.

My research interests include female resistance and agency in late 19th- and 20th-century American novels, critical thinking and writing center theory and pedagogy, the '60s in America, and American humor. My pedagogy focuses on a student-centered approach with active class engagement and group collaboration.


  • Friedman, Tara. "Sherman Alexie's Humor in Blasphemy." Critical Insights: The American Short Story. Eds. Michael Cocchiarale and Scott D. Emmert. Amenia: Grey House Publishing, 2015. Print.
  • Friedman, Tara. Rev. of Nelly Arcan's Burqa of Skin. West Trade Review. March 2015.
  • Friedman, Tara. "The Changing American Family: 20th Century Fiction and Beyond." Greifswald University Lecture Series. Greifswald, Germany. Presentation.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Humor Studies Association (AHSA)