Department of English

Meet Dr. Sally Hirsh-Dickinson

Associate Professor

Ph.D., M.A., University of New Hampshire, Durham
B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phone:  (603) 897-8586

Specialties/Research Interests
  • American Literature 1945 to the Present
  • Film Studies
  • Consumer Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Critical Race Theory


Dr. Sally Hirsh-Dickinson joined Rivier’s English faculty in 2008. Her book, Dirty Whites and Dark Secrets: Sex and Race in Peyton Place (University Press of New England, 2011) is the first full-length study of Grace Metalious’s 1956 potboiler. Dr. Hirsh-Dickinson’s work received a positive review in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and she has been invited to speak about her book at several events around the state. Other scholarly interests include Post-World War II American literature, film, critical race theory, gender studies, and consumer culture. In addition to her life as an academic, Dr. Hirsh-Dickinson has worked for New Hampshire Public Radio, New Hampshire’s statewide National Public Radio affiliate, since 2001, spending time as a producer for The Exchange, NHPR’s local call-in talk show, and as the station's weekend morning host. 

Dr. Hirsh-Dickinson serves as a trustee for the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and was honored to be on the selection committee who chose the first group of honorees.

Courses Taught:

  • ENG 115: First Year Seminar ENG 260: Literature of Self-Discovery
  • ENG 277: American Experience
  • ENG 295: Special Topics -- The Long 1950s
  • ENG 355: American Literature and its Roots
  • ENG 421/541: Writers on Writing

Recent Publications
  • Dirty Whites and Dark Secrets: Sex and Race in Peyton Place

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