Valerie Guyant joined the Department in 2008. She earned her Bachelors degree at UW-River Falls with a double major in English and Theater. She earned a Masters degree in 2002 from the UW-Stevens Point. She earned her PhD through Northern Illinois University in 2012, where she also received a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. Her dissertation explores representations of women and sexuality in vampire literature throughout history. Valerie’s principal areas of intellectual interest include:
- Speculative Fiction
- British Renaissance [especially women authors of the Renaissance]
- Feminist Theory
- Women’s Studies
- Popular Culture
At UW-Eau Claire, she teaches composition, introductory literature courses, and the occasional course in science fiction/fantasy.