Kathy Roark-Diehl


Professor of English

M.A., New Mexico State University

As a non-traditional student, I took my time finding both my area of study, as well as a career path. As an undergraduate, I studied Economics, Philosophy, History and Literature. I found that the formal study of literature allowed me to explore all of these interests.

I earned my BA in English from NMSU in 1990 and completed my MA in Literary Theory in 1992. Literature is a great passion in my life, and I am particularly fond of the writers of the turn of the 20th Century—Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Albert Camus, Simone de Bouviour, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and T.S. Eliot. In recent years, my work in Women’s History has greatly influenced my studies in both literature and philosophy. Currently, I am studying and writing on three important British women writers: Iris Murdoch, A. S. Byatt, and Margaret Drabble.

I am an avid runner. Slow, but consistent, the Half Marathon is my race of choice. I consider myself a native New Mexican, though I moved here with my military family when I was 9. I cannot imagine living anywhere else.