Molli Spalter

Adjunct Faculty
Bachelors: Women's and Gender Studies; Literature, Language, and Writing, Eastern Michigan University, 2015; Masters Degree: Literary and Cultural Studies, Wayne State University, 2017; PhD Candidate: Literary and Cultural Studies, Wayne State University

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Molli Spalter is a PhD candidate in Literature and Culture at Wayne State University where she studies social movements, political feelings, and feminist theory. Her research focuses on the ways things—visual art, literature, protest, signs, songs, leaflets, ideologies, and so on—move people to action (or not) and how social movements influence individuals’ emotional orientation toward themselves, others, and the world through movement literature, organizing strategies, and various ephemera. Ultimately, Molli’s research asks how individual and collective feelings are made, sustained, and changed and how those feelings can be harnessed toward collective action.

Professional Experience

Molli has taught at multiple higher education institutions including Lawrence Tech University, Wayne State University, and Oakland Community College. She teaches courses in popular literature, African American literature, world literature, and visual culture. Molli also teaches various writing courses for which she received the Excellence in Teaching Writing Award from Wayne State University. Molli began teaching at CCS in 2022. In addition to teaching at CCS, Molli is currently working on writing course development in collaboration with other faculty in the Liberal Arts and Ed Tech Departments. She values non-hierarchical learning and strives to facilitate hands-on and engaged classroom environments.

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions

Molli is the author of “Feminist Social Movements” in the Wiley Blackwell Companion to Feminist Studies (2020). She is currently working on her dissertation, “Feeling Wrong and Feeling Wronged: Radical Feminism and Feminist ‘Feeling Work’,” which examines the affective dimensions of radical feminist organizing in the United States between 1967-1973. Molli has presented portions of her dissertation at international and national venues. Most recently, she was invited to present her work at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She has given talks at conferences such as the Association for the Arts of the Present Annual Meeting and the Louisville Conference in Literature and Culture and will be presenting her work at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting in March 2023.  Molli was awarded the Mary Lily Research Grant to fund archival research in the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University, where she spent two months researching and writing. In addition to her scholarly work, Molli writes and publishes poetry and creative non-fiction focused on the intersections of motherhood, feminism, and religion.