Dr. Bellee Jones-Pierce or Dr. J-P

Assistant Professor of English

Bellee Jones-Pierce (say it like believe without the v), is an Assistant Professor of English. Her primary research areas are early modern literature, disability, and poetics. Her work as a creative writer is also concerned with the intersections of formalism and ability. She is the managing coordinator of Premodern Disability, a resource aggregator for those who study disability in the classical, medieval, and early modern periods. She is also a mom and a wife.

Email: ljonespierce@centenary.edu
Instagram: @hey_dr_jp
Office Location: Jackson Hall, 311
Office Phone: 318.869.5085
Office Hours for Spring 2024: Tues/Thurs 12:30-2:00 pm, Wed 10:00-12:00 pm, and by appointment



  • Ph.D., English Literature, Emory University, 2018 
  • M.A., English Literature, Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, University of Alabama, 2010 
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, Georgia College & State University, 2005 
  • B.A., Creative Writing and Psychology, Huntingdon College, 2003 


Teaching and Research Interests

  • British Literature 
  • Early Modern Literature 
  • Medieval Literature 
  • Disability Studies 
  • Literature and Medicine 
  • Creative Writing 
  • Composition and Rhetoric 


Selected Publications


Selected Conference Presentations

  • “Forming Beauty in Shake-speares Sonnets.” Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Modern Language Association Conference, Philadelphia, January 2024. 
  • Roundtable Organizer and Participant. “Disability and Intimacy in Early Modern England.” Modern Language Association Conference, Philadelphia, January 2024. 
  • Roundtable Participant. “Titanic Optimism: Teaching Shakespeare at Non-Elite Institutions.” Modern Language Association Conference, San Francisco, January 2023. 
  • Workshop Leader. “Destabilizing Diagnosis: Gender, Power, and Early Modern Disability Studies.” Attending to Women, 1100-1800: Power. Newberry Library, Chicago, October 2022. With Lindsey Row-Heyveld (Luther College) and Simone Chess (Wayne State University). 
  • Seminar Co-Leader, “Shakespeare’s ‘Other Disability Plays.” Shakespeare Association of America, April 2022 and April 2021. With Lindsey Row-Heyveld (Luther College). 
  • “Toward a Lyric Prosthesis.” Early Modern Disability Methodologies. Shakespeare Association of America, Washington D.C., April 2019. 


Campus Involvement

Click the links below to learn more about activities Dr. J-P is involved in on campus! 

Faculty Advisor for Pandora

Pandora Magazine is a biannual publication featuring a curated selection of student artistic and literary works.

Faculty Advisor for Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an International English Honor Society dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English.

Director of the First Year Program

Credo, Trek's First-Year Seminar provides new students with a common intellectual foundation and skill-set that will cultivate the habits of mind characteristic of a person educated in the Liberal Arts.

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