Expert: Pamela Regis

McDaniel College Faculty Expert: Pamela Regis

 

Topics she can discuss include:

  • Early American Literature
  • Jane Austen
  • History, Romance
  • Novels, Romance
  • Popular Romance
  • Romance fiction

About Pamela Regis

Professor of English Pamela Regis specializes in Early American Literature, Popular Literature, the Novel and Composition. She is director of McDaniel's Nora Roberts Center for American Romance. She teaches courses on Jane Austen and the popular romance novel, and an interdisciplinary course on romantic love.

Regis is president of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance and author of "A Natural History of the Romance Novel," one of the first positive academic considerations of the genre when it was published in 2003 (also available on Kindle and on Audible). She is currently under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press for a new book, "The American Romance Novel: A History." Her 1992 book, "Describing Early America: The Rhetoric of Natural History in Bartram, Jefferson, and Crèvecoeur," was reissued in paperback in 1999. She has also contributed chapters to academic books ranging in topic from 20th century female genre fiction to American naturalist William Bartram.

Regis served as co-organizer of the conference, "What is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age," at The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in February 2015. She has reviewed romance for The Washington Post and has interviewed romance authors for the Smithsonian Institution. She frequently presents papers at academic conferences.

She received her undergraduate degree, master's degree and Ph.D. in English from the Johns Hopkins University. She serves as co-editor of the English department newsletter and is a member of the Jane Austen Society of North America.

In the News

UPDATE: Audible's new service helps romance novel fans skip straight to 'the good part'
Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, discusses the romance genre and how it is largely by women and for women with the Morningstar website. (Nov. 1, 2017)

Today’s Hottest Romance Heroes Have Ten Figures to Go With Their Six-Packs
The Village Voice quotes Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, about the importance of romance as a literary genre. (Jan. 31, 2017) 

Learn about love in "Love Between the Covers"
Frederick News-Post speaks with Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, about the documentary "Love Between the Covers" and screening at McDaniel College. (April 24, 2016)

Documentary examines world of romance fiction
Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, discusses the documentary "Love Between the Covers" and a screening at McDaniel College with the Carroll County Times. (April 21, 2016)

How Harlequin Became the Most Famous Name in Romance
Romance scholar Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, was quoted in Jezebel about Harlequin publishing romance novels. Her book, "A Natural History of the Romance Novel," was also used as a source for the article. (March 19, 2015)

Why Can't Romance Novels Get Any Love?
Smithsonian magazine quotes Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, about Germaine Greer's criticism of romance novels. Her book, "A Natural History of the Romance Novel," was also noted. (March 12, 2015)

Love between the pages: Local professor part of conference on love stories
Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, was highlighted in the Frederick News-Post as one of the organizers of "What is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age," a multimedia, two-day conference at the Library of Congress. (Feb. 8, 2015)

Does Romantic Fiction Need a "Happily Ever After" Ending?
Huffington Post picked up the article on Ravishly.com that references "A Natural History of the Romance Novel" written by Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance. (Jan. 20, 2015)

The Problem With Happily Ever After In Romance Fiction
Ravishly.com references "A Natural History of the Romance Novel" written by Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance. (Jan. 14, 2015)

Romance coming to the Library of Congress
The Washington Post writes about "What is Love? Romance Fiction in the Digital Age," a multimedia, two-day conference at the Library of Congress, and mentions that Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, will be leading a discussion. (Dec. 12, 2014)

It's a process
Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, discusses the online Romance Writing program at McDaniel College. (March 27, 2014)

Lust in the Dust
Phoenix, Ariz., magazine quotes Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, about romance novels. (Jan. 2014)

Romance novelist Janet Dailey a pioneer but leaves 'complicated legacy'
Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, was quoted in The Washington Post about bestselling author Janet Dailey, a pioneer of romantic fiction. Regis' book, "A Natural History of the Romance Novel," was also noted. (Dec. 23, 2013)

Janet Dailey, 69, Dies: Romance Author Who Sold in Hundreds of Millions
An excerpt from "A Natural History of the Romance Novel" written by Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, was included in a New York Times article about the passing of romance author Janet Dailey. (Dec. 18, 2013)

McDaniel receives $100K grant from author for third consecutive year
Carroll County Times covers McDaniel College receiving a $100,000 grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation and quotes Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance. (Oct. 2, 2013)

Plot Twist: Scholars Get Serious About Romance Novels
Article about the Popular Romance Project by The Chronicle of Higher Education quotes Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, who was on the project's board. (Aug. 23, 2013)

Big Loves: Poetic passions, tragic loss among Baltimore's greatest romances
The Baltimore Sun's Sun Magazine quotes Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, about Baltimore's greatest romances (Feb. 10, 2013)

Majoring in Romance: The Romance Novel and Academe
The Romance Writers Report published by The Romance Writers of America highlighted McDaniel's Romance Writing program. (Nov. 2012)

At McDaniel College in Westminster, Romance Literature Earns a Degree of Respect
Baltimore's Child magazine includes article about romance novels and the Nora Roberts Foundation grants received by McDaniel College with a quote from Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance. Her book, "A Natural History of the Romance Novel," was also noted. (Aug. 2012)

McDaniel College offers new minor in genre fiction
The Baltimore Sun highlights McDaniel's new popular literature minor with quotes from Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, Mary Bendel-Simso, professor of English, and McDaniel students. (March 25, 2012)

McDaniel nets $100,000 from romance author Nora Roberts
Article about McDaniel College receiving a $100,000 grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation and mentions that Pamela Regis, professor of English and Director of the Nora Roberts Center for American Romance, organized an international conference on "popular romance in the new millennium." (Feb. 12, 2012)

More on Pamela Regis

‘Love Between the Covers’ screening and Q&A with director Laurie Kahn
News@McDaniel (April 12, 2016)

Popular Romance conference reinforces genre's ever-growing status
News@McDaniel (Feb. 16, 2015)

McDaniel receives grant for the Nora Roberts Contemporary American Fiction Collection
News@McDaniel (Oct. 1, 2013)