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Dr. Jeanne Laurel

Dr. Jeanne Laurel

Professor Emerita


Dr. Laurel was a full time member of the English department faculty until her retirement in 2018. She still teaches courses for the department as an adjunct instructor.

Her research interests include:

  • African-American and multicultural literatures
  • 20th and 21st Century American literature and criticism
  • Gay and lesbian literature and culture
  • Service learning components in literature courses.

She received her B.A. in English from SUNY Albany (N.Y.) in 1982 (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) where she also minored in Philosophy, and her Ph.D .from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1990, where she majored in 20th Century American Literature and minored in African-American Studies and Women's Studies.

Dr. Laurel enjoys teaching a mix of courses, including:

  • Introduction to Literature for freshmen
  • The American literature survey, especially Part II from 1865 to the present
  • Upper-level courses, including a course focusing on author Toni Morrison and the critical responses to her works, and Modernist Literature in England and America.

She also enjoys teaching multicultural literatures, which examine the intersection and interaction of two or more cultures through literature, as well as through journalism, history, film, the arts, the social sciences and other approaches to cultural studies.

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., English. Indiana University; Bloomington, Ind., December 1990. Major:20th Century American Literature. Minors: African-American Studies; Women's Studies.
  • B.A., English. State University of New York at Albany (N.Y.), December 1982. Summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Major: English (Literature and Creative Writing); Minor: Philosophy.