Lauren E. LaFauci
Lauren LaFauci teaches courses in American literary and cultural studies and environmental humanities. She comes to Tulsa from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she taught American literary and cultural studies, writing, and literary theory at Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, California) and at Stanford University. She has also taught at the University of Michigan, where she completed her Ph.D.; at the University of Mainz, Germany; and most recently at Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa).
Lauren’s scholarly work focuses on the intersections of 18th- and 19th-century American literary, cultural, and environmental history. She is currently at work on a book project titled Peculiar Natures: Slavery, Environment, and Nationalism in the Southern States, 1789-1865, which unites the concerns of environmental history with those of the history of racial formation. It argues that conceptions of the South’s “natural” exceptionality—its climate, diseases, plants, and waters—supported a belief in individual and collective bodily difference, in the peculiarity of southern bodies and of the southern body politic. Ultimately, the book shows how white southerners extrapolated the distinctiveness of (local) southern environments to the distinctiveness of (national) southern bodies, and it demonstrates how this extrapolation strengthened their commitment to an environmentally informed racism.
Lauren’s research has appeared in the journals Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Anthropology and Medicine, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE). Her work has received awards from the Andrew Mellon Foundation; the American Philosophical Society; the Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture at the University of Virginia; the Society for the Study of Southern Literature; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of Michigan; and the Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS).
Education and Degrees Earned
- Ph.D., English, University of Michigan, 2009
- M.A., English, University of Michigan, 2003
- B.A., English, German, Washington and Lee University, 2001
Previous Teaching Experience
Over 35 courses in American literature, culture, and history; environmental humanities; literary theory; and writing.
Areas of teaching interest and experience:
- U.S. Literature, Beginnings to 1900
- African American Literature, Beginnings to 1900
- American Indian Literatures
- American Women Writers
- Histories of Race in North America
- U.S. Nature Writing (Eur. contact to the present)
- Ecocriticisms: History, Theory, Praxis
- Literatures of Environmental Justice
- Contemporary North American Environmental Literatures
- Bioregional Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies
- Place-Based Pedagogies
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- Assistant Professor, Simpson College (Indianola, Iowa)
- Lecturer, Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, California)
- Writing Instructor, Stanford University (Stanford, California)
- Visiting Lecturer, Johannes-Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany)
- American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)
- American Studies Association (ASA); Environment & Culture Caucus member
- Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE); Diversity Caucus member
- Modern Language Association (MLA)
- Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW)