Sally Hansen

Graduate Instructor


University of Virginia, BA;

Yale Divinity School, Master of Arts in Religion;

Yale Institute of Sacred Music, Certificate of Interdisciplinary Studies. 


Sally Hansen is a Ph.D. student in the University of Notre Dame’s English Department. Her work explores musicality, materiality, and the inexpressible in lyric poetry, using critical trauma studies and phenomenological writing to unpack formation and fracture of identity, perception, and language. The poetry, poetics, and spiritualities of Gerard Manley Hopkins, H.D., Susan Howe, and Claudia Rankine, among others, center these studies in the impulses of theodicy and testimony. 

She plans to pursue further study in the history of religions in the U.S., colonialism, and race theory, focusing on East Coast contact zones and the theological/literary structures of domination, revival, and liberation. 

Scholarly Work

  • “‘A Trajectory Across the Hollow of History’: Poetics of Association in Susan Howe’s That This. Yale Divinity School Master’s Thesis. New Haven, Connecticut. May 2018. 
  • “Musical Movement: Sacramental Translation in Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles.” Yale Institute of Sacred Music Capstone presentation. New Haven, Connecticut. November 2017.