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Heidi Renée Aijala

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Research Interests

Victorian literature, public engagement, environmental humanities, energy studies, women’s writing


Heidi Renée Aijala is a doctoral candidate in English specializing in Victorian literature. Broadly speaking, her research explores intersections of energy systems and nineteenth-century women’s writing. Heidi Renée’s dissertation, “The steam that is to work the engines:” Women’s Writing and the Rise of Steam Power in Victorian Britain, 1830-1910, proposes that, by concentrating on an expansive archive of nineteenth-century women’s writing, we might better understand steam energy as a foundation for issues of labor, environmental change, and women’s rights.

Heidi Renée holds a master’s degree in English from Western Washington University (2013), a master’s degree in teaching from Saint Martin’s University (2009), and a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Martin’s University (2006). Previously, she taught Interpretation of Literature and Rhetoric at the University of Iowa, tutored in the Rhetoric Writing Center, worked as an English teacher in a public high school and taught English 101 at WWU.