Jane Cantwell

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities


Joined NCSSM in July 2022

Jane Cantwell joined the NCSSM-Morganton Humanities Department in July 2022. She is originally from Yekaterinburg, a city located on the border of Europe and Asia in the Ural Mountains of Russia. Her research interests include connections between nineteenth-century German and Russian philosophy of history, interdisciplinary studies in British literature, and the moral dimensions of the American Dream. She is also interested in the emerging fields of bioethics, data justice, and philosophical dilemmas posed by AI. Since 2007, Jane has taught British and American literature, Introduction to Ethics, Philosophical Issues, and other courses at the Western Piedmont Community College. She has many years of experience working with academically gifted and high-achieving students through dual enrollment pathways. In 2018, Jane received an NC Live grant for developing Open Educational Resources and collaborated on OER initiatives aimed at reducing textbook costs and engaging students in shared pedagogy. She is committed to using technology and digital humanities approaches in the classroom. When she is not working, Jane spends most of her free time outdoors gardening and hiking. She participates in local trail maintenance projects and is a native plant geek. Jane lives in Morganton with her family, including a ’15 NCSSM graduate, and Mya, a strong-willed Siberian Husky.   BA equivalent, German and English, Ural State Pedagogical University BA, Humanities, Shimer College MA, Comparative Literature, University of Chicago