Faculty/Staff Profile

Emily Hipchen

Emily Hipchen, Ph.D.


Phone: 404-242-5463 | Fax: 678-839-4849

Email:  ehipchen@westga.edu  |  emilyhipchen@gmail.com

Office: Technology Learning Center 2246

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Bio:Dr. Emily Hipchen is a Fulbright scholar, the editor of _Adoption & Culture_, and an editor of _a/b: Autobiography Studies_. She is also the author of a memoir, _Coming Apart Together: Fragments from an Adoption_ (2005). Shes an editor of Inhabiting _La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Works of Julia Alvarez_ (2013) and of _The Routledge Auto|Biography Studies Reader_ (2015); as well as an editor of four special issues, Adoption Life Writing, Adoption Studies Research, Critique as a Signature Pedagogy, and Whats Next? The Futures of Auto|Biography Studies. Her essays, short stories, and poems have won multiple awards and have appeared in _Fourth Genre_, _Northwest Review_, _Cincinnati Review_, and elsewhere. She teaches creative nonfiction as a full professor at The University of West Georgia.


  • B.A., Furman University,
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia,

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • ENGL-2060 (Intro to Creative Writing)    
    • ENGL-2120 (British Literature)    
    • ENGL-3200 ( IntCrtvWrtg-Nonfiction)    
    • ENGL-4210 (AdvCrtvWrtg-Nonfiction)    
    • ENGL-5210 (Adv Creative Wrtng-Nonfiction)    
  • Spring 2016 Sections
    • ENGL-2060 (Intro to Creative Writing) Section: 91   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-2120 (British Literature) Section: 91   [View Syllabus]
    • ENGL-3200 (Int.CreativeWriting-Nonfiction) Section: 3WD   [View Syllabus]
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • ENGL-2120 (British Literature) Section: 03
    • ENGL-3200 ( IntCrtvWrtg-Nonfiction) Section: 03W
    • ENGL-4210 (AdvCrtvWrtg-Nonfiction) Section: 02W
    • ENGL-5210 (Adv Creative Wrtng-Nonfiction) Section: 02

Selected Publications

  • Coming Apart Together: Fragments from an Adoption
  • Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Work of Julia Alvarez
  • The Routledge Auto|Biography Studies Reader