Sören Hammerschmidt is Residential Faculty in English at GateWay Community College, where he teaches first-year composition, developmental writing, and English Humanities courses. He has also taught first-year composition courses for second-language writers, and composition and professionalization courses for students in the life sciences.
Before joining GateWay in 2019, he was an Instructor of English at Arizona State University for six years and also taught English courses at Mesa and Chandler-Gilbert Community Colleges. Prior to moving to Arizona, he lived in Belgium, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Germany; he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University, Belgium, from 2010-12.
Hammerschmidt’s other hat is a powdered wig: whenever he can tear himself away from commenting on thesis statements, transitions, and APA style, he returns to work on eighteenth-century and Romantic correspondence networks, media culture and Book History, portraiture, and authorship in Britain and across the Atlantic.
Recent work has appeared in the European Romantic Review, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, The Edinburgh History of Scottish Literature, and other venues, supported by research fellowships from the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Canadian Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, the American Philosophical Society, and the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA. Hammerschmidt is currently co-editing (with Louise Curran and George Justice) volume 9 of The Cambridge Edition of the Correspondence of Samuel Richardson.
Dr. Hammerschmidt earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara; his MSc by Research, English Literature (with Distinction), University of Edinburgh, UK; and an MA (Hons), English Literature (with First Class Honors), University of Edinburgh, UK.