Associate Professor of English 
Chair, Department of Communication, Literature, and Arts

402 Warde
319-363-1323 ext. 1856


BA  Swarthmore College
MA  Boston College
PhD University of New Hampshire


Associate Professor of English, Dr. Eden Wales Freedman, joined Mount Mercy University faculty in 2016. She now serves as Director of Diversity Studies and Chair of the Department of Communication, Literature, and the Arts. Previously, Dr. Wales Freedman taught at Boston College, the University of New Hampshire, and Adams State University. She is a reader and reviewer for the academic journal, Girls Studies, and a writing mentor of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, which helps Afghan women write and publish their experiences living under Taliban rule. 

Dr. Wales Freedman is an Americanist with expertise in race and gender studies and trauma and reception theories. Her scholarship places theories of traumatic reception in conversation with multiethnic American Literature to consider intersections of race, gender, trauma, and oppression and how speakers and readers cross diverse experiences to process trauma together. Dr. Wales Freedman has published articles on the works of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, Eve Sedgwick, and Lauren Slater. Her book, Reading Testimony, Witnessing Trauma (UP Mississippi, 2019) explores how readers can engage representations of race, gender, trauma, and oppression both critically and empathically. Dr. Wales Freedman has presented her research at prominent conferences and invited lectures. In 2014, she offered the keynote address at “Exploring Women’s Testimony,” an international conference examining gendered issues in relation to human rights abuses. In 2017, she delivered the keynote at the national Queer Studies Symposium at the University of California, Merced. 

At Mount Mercy, Dr. Wales Freedman teaches courses in Diversity Studies and American Literature. She was named Dr. Thomas R. Feld Chair for Teaching Excellence for 2018-2020. She also serves MMU as Deputy Title IX Coordinator and faculty advisor to Nerds of the Round Table. She loves to read and write, explore local parks and farmers markets, and watch bad TV. She and her husband live in Cedar Rapids.