April Patrick

Assistant Professor of Literature,
Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Humanities

University Director of Honors



  • British and World Literature II
  • Children’s Literature
  • Young Adult Literature
  • British Writers
  • Women Poets and Poetic Tradition


  • British literature of the long 19th century
  • Women’s and gender studies
  • Periodical studies
  • Digital humanities
  • Medical humanities
  • Poetry


  • BA, English and Secondary Education, Schreiner University
  • MA, English and Women’s Studies, University of Houston
  • PhD, English and Women’s Studies, Texas Christian University

Academic Profile

Dr. Patrick teaches classes in British literature, women’s writing, and children’s and young adult literature in addition to directing University Honors across FDU. Her scholarly work has appeared in Victorian Periodicals Review, Victorian Review, and Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, as well as the edited collection ‘Medicine, Health, and Being Human’. Dr. Patrick is a Co-Editor of Periodical Poetry, a digital humanities resource that indexes poetry from nineteenth-century magazines and newspapers, and frequently involves students in the work for that project. She is also working on a book manuscript on narratives of breast cancer in the nineteenth century along with a proposal for an anthology on breast cancer narratives. Before coming to FDU in 2014, Dr. Patrick taught high school and college in Texas, oversaw the literacy initiatives for an educational nonprofit in NYC, and worked in corporate marketing and innovation.