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Hannah Rogers

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
Ph.D. Candidate in English 


Hannah Rogers


Hannah Rogers is a Ph.D. candidate in English, studying 19th-century literature. Rogers received her master’s in English from Duke in 2016 and her bachelor’s degree in English and communication from Mississippi State University in 2013. She has received numerous awards during her time at Duke, including the Bass Digital Education Fellowship, the Evan Frankel Dissertation Fellowship, and the Bass Instructional Fellowship. Rogers was a fellow in the Preparing Future Faculty program in 2018 and is earning her Certificate in College Teaching. 

Rogers has been the instructor of record for Writing 101, the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, a seminar on Mystery Fiction, and a teaching assistant for three other courses. Her teaching is focused on finding innovative ways for her students to interact with unfamiliar material through games and lively discussion. Through the use of gameplay, her students become more involved in the literature and practice presenting evidence and thorough analysis. She asks her students to experiment with different lines of inquiry to understand the dynamic nature of literature. Since 2015, Rogers has served as the media editor of Novel: A Forum on Fiction, creating a notable impact on the publications circulation. . 

On Teaching

“I really appreciate that the classroom is an experimental space, where you come together with people who have different types of experiences with the material already. You come in with different ideas and learn from each other, and test out your ideas in the classroom before perhaps going outside of it and putting it into action.”



In Their Words

Excerpts from Rogers’s Nomination

“We were struck by how she is able to maintain a rigorous learning environment while also engaging students in inventive ways. We found her self-description of her classroom as an experimental space powerful and refreshing.”

“Rogers knows how to clarify questions and elicit responses in the classroom in a way that translates into clarity and conviction to her scholarship. By the same token, she knows how to introduce the results of her historical research into classroom discussion in a way that stimulates rather than silences student participation.”

“Hannah was by far one of my favorite instructors for Writing/English that I have had throughout my life. She was very friendly, and one could tell she really enjoyed teaching and truly wanted her students to grow in their skills.”