Laura T. Scales
Associate Professor of English
Associate Professor of English Laura Thiemann Scales teaches courses on American literature and culture; narrative theory; race, gender, and reform movements; and space and place. She has published articles on U.S. religious culture and narrative voice in journals including American Literary History and Literature Compass. As of 2023, she is working on a book project examining the influence of prophets and spirit-mediums on ideas of narrative selfhood in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
- B.A., Yale University
- M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University
- American Gothic
- Living American Literature
- Race, Gender and Reform in Nineteenth-Century American Literature
- Reading & Pleasure
- Space, Place & Landscape
- Telling Tales: Theories of Narrative
- The Great American Novel
Awards & Accomplishments
- Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Stonehill College
- Faculty Senate President, Stonehill College
- Project Lead, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice, Stonehill College
- Student Government Appreciation Award, Stonehill College
- Postdoctoral Scholar, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
- Charlotte W. Newcombe Fellowship, Institute for Citizens & Scholars
- Helen Choate Bell Dissertation Prize, Harvard University
- Bowdoin Prize, Harvard University
Selected Publications & Presentations
- “Narrative Revolutions in Nat Turner and Joseph Smith,” American Literary History 24.2 (May 2012).
- Panel organizer, “Audience Refusals in Religious Narrative.” Paper presented: “Improvisation, Heckling, and Spiritualist Performance.” Narrative: An International Conference, Louisville, KY, March 23-26, 2017.