Dr. Ellen R. Donovan


Dr. Ellen R. Donovan
Room 309A, Abernathy Hall (ABER)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison (1988)
  • M.A., Portland State University, OR (1980)
  • B.A., Portland State University, OR (1978)

Areas of Expertise

The Portrayal of Circuses in 19th Century Children's Literature


Dr. Donovan teaches courses in children's and adolescent literature and in American Literature. She serves as one of the Directors of the Middle Tennessee Writing Project. She was the co-founder and co-director (with Drs. Hixon and Marchant) of the biennial Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature conference hosted by MTSU. Dr. Donovan's research currently focuses on how circuses are portrayed in 19th century children's literature.