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Karen Knudson

College of Arts and Sciences


Ph.D., 2016, Purdue University
M.A., 1999, University of Richmond
B.A., 1991, Olivet Nazarene University

Dr. Knudson joined Olivet’s faculty in 2001. Currently, she teaches courses in college composition, general education literature, British literature, and special topics in literature.

Her Ph.D. concentration was in medieval literature, and the topic of her dissertation was the figure of King Solomon in Middle English literary texts. She is a member of the Conference on Christianity and Literature and is currently researching the role of King Solomon in medieval vernacular Bibles.

She has traveled to England twice with student groups and looks forward to future traveling opportunities. A fan of Tolkien, she also enjoys British authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

When she’s away from campus and classroom, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Grace, and their dog, Sugar. The fellowship of friends at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene is especially meaningful to her.



A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels.