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Dr. Melissa Haickel-Bagaglio

Humanities Bldg – Room 302A
(760) 744-1150 ext. 2685
mbagaglio@palomar.edu

B.S. University of Evansville (IN)
M.A. University of Memphis
Ph.D. University of Memphis

Professor Bagaglio’s teaching is influenced by her multicultural background and interest in science and politics. In her research, she focuses on the early modern British literature and the relationship between literature, politics, and justice. She explores ideas about law, mercy, and equity and their relation to royal prerogative in literary works and the authors’ attempt to influence a shift towards reduced prerogative powers and legally limited sovereignty. Understanding the relationship between power and justice is an important contemporary issue, and Professor Bagaglio’s experiences growing up in Brazil during the military dictatorship greatly influences her perspective. Her other research interests are in early sci-fi and fantasy works and how they influenced scientific discoveries as well as in questions of identity as they relate to language acquisition.