Heather Freeman

Assistant Professor of English

Office Location

Innovation, Science, and Technology Building, Room 2002, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531



Ph.D. in English, Vanderbilt University, 2013

M.A. in English, Vanderbilt University, 2009

B.A. in English Language and Literature; Linguistics, Yale University, 2008


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Dr. Heather Freeman has taught introductory English and upper-level Humanities courses since Florida Poly’s inception in 2014. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in English at Vanderbilt University. While at Vanderbilt, Freeman focused on gender studies and Victorian literature, completing a dissertation entitled “Marketing ‘Proper’ Names: Female Authors, Sensation Discourse, and the Mid-Victorian Literary Profession.” She discovered her love of literature as an undergraduate at Yale University, where she double-majored in English Literature and Linguistics, after early encounters with linear algebra and organic chemistry undercut her desire to become a STEM major.

Freeman’s current research interests focus on TV and media studies, particularly the connection between 19th-century and contemporary criticism of “new” media consumption patterns. Her teaching focuses on science, corporations, stereotyping, and science fiction. Her work on Netflix and TV streaming patterns has allowed her to transform her hobby of binge-watching into professional research, and her teaching focus on science fiction and fact has forced her to pay more attention to Twitter than might be advisable.



  • Victorian literature
  • TV and media studies
  • Genre studies


Selected Publications

  • Freeman, Heather, “Shifting Nostalgic Boundaries: Archetypes and Queer Representation in Stranger Things, GLOW, and One Day at a Time,” in Netflix and Nostalgia, Kathryn Pallister, Lexington Books, forthcoming 2019.



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