Dr. Kathleen Marks is an Associate Professor of English and Assistant Chair in the Department of English and Speech in the College of Professional Studies at St. John’s University. She received her PhD from the University of Dallas. Her book, Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the Apotropaic Imagination (University of Missouri Press, 2002) explores the intersection between African-American literature and ancient Greek religion. She has written articles on classical and modern works of literature such as Homer’s Odyssey, Vergil’s Aeneid, and Neil Gaiman’s Coraline. In addition to supporting St. John’s students by teaching Literature in a Global Context, she has also developed special topics courses on hoarding, the Medusa, and the lyric. Kathleen lives in Queens; her husband teaches at Hostos Community College in the Bronx, and her daughter attends high school in Manhattan.