Laura T. Scales


Laura Thiemann Scales is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and teaches courses in American Literature and culture. Her teaching and research interests include the novel and narrative theory; gender, race, and reform; U.S. religious culture; and the city and American landscape. Her current book project examines the influence of prophets and spirit-mediums on ideas of narrative selfhood in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She completed her Ph.D. at Harvard University.


  • B.A., Yale University
  • M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship
  • Helen Choate Bell Dissertation Prize
  • Bowdoin Prize, Harvard University

Courses Taught

  • American Gothic
  • The City in American Literature
  • The Great American Novel
  • Living American Literature
  • Race, Gender and Reform in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • Space, Place & Landscape
  • Telling Tales: Theories of Narrative