Julianna Leachman, PhD

College of Arts and Humanities
English, Communication, Great Texts, and Modern Languages
  • Assistant Professor of Literature
  • Director, The Academy


  • PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin
  • MA, Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, Comparative Literature and Russian, Vanderbilt University

Courses Taught

  • Masters of Liberal Arts:
    • Russian Literature
    • Law and Literature
  • Honors College:
    • Second Year Writing
    • All Roads Lead to Rome: The Ancient Roman and Early Christian Worlds
    • Walking to Piraeus: The Ancient Greek World
    • Faith, Reason & Romance: The Medieval & Renaissance Worlds
    • Enlightenment & Modernity
    • The Last 100 Years
    • The Story of Scripture
  • English:
    • On Death and Dying
    • Composition and Literature I and II
    • Basic Grammar and Composition

Teaching Focus

Dr. Leachman is an Assistant Professor in the English Department and member of the Honors College at Houston Christian University.  Her research and teaching interests include questions of regional and national identity in Russian literature and literature of the U.S. South

Research Interests and Publications

“The Price of Restoration: Flannery O’Connor and the Nineteenth-Century Russian Realists” in Beyond Solzhenitsyn: The Russian Soul in American Culture, eds. David P. Deavel and Jessica Hooten Wilson (University of Notre Dame Press 2020).

“Faulkner’s Dirty Little Secret: I Am Temple Drake.” The Faulkner Journal. 27.2 (Fall 2013): 3-22.

Awards and Honors

Carson McCullers Society 2018 Outstanding Conference Paper Prize

Additional Information

Dr. Leachman serves as Director of The Academy, HCU’s dual-enrollment program. Originally hailing from the great state of Alabama, Dr. Leachman has been a proud Texan since 2008.  She and her husband, Taylor, a minister ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (and a native Houstonian), have three delightful, Texas-born daughters