Barbara Kernan earned her Bachelors degree at U.W.--Eau Claire with a double major in French and English. She attended the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, Vermont, and earned a Masters degree in 1996. The rural campus nestled among Vermont's Green Mountains is "literature heaven", she claims. Dr. Kernan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation explores Edith Wharton's fascination with architecture, decorating, and design. Dr. Kernan's area of concentration is American Literature, Colonial to WWI, especially women's writing. American Material Culture Studies allow her to investigate early American literature and life from an interdisciplinary perspective which includes art history and women's studies. At U.W.--Eau Claire she teaches in both the English and Women's Studies departments. She enjoys the natural surroundings of her rural Eau Claire home which she shares with her sons and her English Setters.