Karen Tidmarsh graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1971, having majored in English. She then taught high school English at Germantown Friends and Shipley School in Pennsylvania. Her academic pursuits then took her to the University of Virginia to work on her Ph.D. in English where she specialized in the nineteenth century novel. She spent one year at the University of Cambridge in England researching her dissertation on George Eliot. She has been working at Bryn Mawr, advising students and teaching, since 1979. She began her career in the Dean's Office as an Assistant Dean, served as Associate Director of Admissions, and Associate Dean serving as Dean of the Undergraduate College from 1990-2010. Her research interests included the interplay between science and art in nineteenth century culture and nineteenth and twentieth century women's travel writing.
Professor Tidmarsh passed away on March 2, 2013. To read a memorial blog please follow this link.