Cassandra Falke is a Professor of English Literature at UiT. She specializes in English romanticism and literary theory. Her books include Intersections in Christianity and Critical Theory (ed. 2010), Literature by the Working Class: English Autobiography, 1820-1848 (2013), The Phenomenology of Love and Reading (2016; paperback 2018), Phenomenology of the Broken Body ( co-ed 2019), and Wild Romanticism (co-ed, 2021). In articles and book chapters, she has also written about Romantic-period literature, class, education, contemporary phenomenology and the portrayal of violence in literature.
She is the recipient of a Fulbright professorship, two NEH awards, and a Distinguished Professor designation for teaching. She led the NOH-HS funded network, Interpreting Violence: Narrative, Ethics and Hermeneutics and is a partner in the project Instrumental Narratives: The Limits of Storytelling and New Story-Critical Narrative Theory . She is the President of the American Studies Association of Norway and leads UiT´s Interdisciplinary Phenomenology research group. Her current book project is entitled The Reader as Witness: Seeing Political Violence through Contemporary Novels . She currently leads the project ReadRespond: Literature / History / Human Rights, an international, online reading initiative encouraging discussions of rights-engaged literature.