Marja Mogk, Ph.D.

Professor of English

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Phone: (805) 493-3394


  • Living with Macular Degeneration
    The presentation can be designed to fit the audience. It focuses on the various aspects of understanding and living with age-related macular degeneration, including current treatments, ongoing research, visual rehabilitation, communicating to family and friends and emotiomal coping skills.

Marja Mogk earned her B.A. with High Honors in English from the University of Michigan and her Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2004. During her studies at Berkeley she taught a range of English courses for which she received the University's Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. She was also awarded a Mellon Fellowship and the White Scholarship in medical humanities along with English Department fellowships.

Dr. Mogk’s interdisciplinary dissertation, Narrating Vision, explored vision loss in later life through autobiographical narratives and disability theory. Her articles and reviews in disability studies have appeared in M/MLA (the journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association), RMMLA (the journal of the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association), and JVIB (the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness). She is the editor of Different Bodies: Essays on Disability in Film and Television (McFarland 2013) and the co-author of Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight (Ballantine 2003).

Dr. Mogk currently specializes in drama, including teaching Shakespeare, The History of Theatre & Drama II (1800-present), and Playwriting. She also has a keen scholarly and creative interest in crime narratives.