Diane Prenatt earned a bachelor’s degree in French and English and a master of arts and doctorate in English from Indiana University. She has taught at Marian University since 1995 and served as department chair from 1995-2005. She teaches American and European literature and, occasionally, freshman writing. She teaches American Catholic literature as part of the Catholic Studies program and contributes courses to the Honors program, most recently a course on Joan of Arc and a course on women’s friendship.
Prenatt is an Americanist whose research interests include the representation of domestic acts and ethnic identity in narrative, especially in the fiction of Willa Cather. She has written on the work of Willa Cather, Flannery O’Connor, and Mary Gordon. She is currently writing a life of the writer and social activist Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant.