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Laura Patterson Ph.D.
Joined Seton Hill
Raleigh, NC
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Laura Sloan Patterson received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Vanderbilt University with areas of specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature, southern literature, women's literature, and feminist theory. Her research interests include southern women's literature, domesticity, material culture, composition pedagogy, and the use of technology in the classroom.


  • Ph.D., Department of English, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), 2001
  • M.A., Department of English, Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), 1997
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude in English Literature, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), 1996


  • “Sensible Solutions to Discomfort.” North Carolina Literary Review Online, 2020, pp.212-213. [Book review of Another Bungalow, a poetry collection by Maura Way] [More Information]
  • “Review.” Resources for American Literary Study, vol. 41, no. 1, 2019, pp. 171–176. JSTOR. [Long form book review of The Remarkable Kinship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow by Ashley Andrews Lear] [More Information]
  • “‘Huge Crowd Pleased by New Models’: Elizabeth Bishop’s Cuttyhunk Notebook as Multimodal and Multimedia Artifact.” Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive, edited by Bethany Hicok, Lever Press, 2019, pp. 283-302.
  • Poetry: “The Snowbound Domestic.” Rust and Moth. Winter 2015 [More Information]
  • Poetry: “Passing.” Pittsburgh Poetry Review 1 (2015): 95.
  • Poetry: “Sycamores.” HOOT Online. no. 50, April 2016. [More Information]
  • Poetry: “Predawn Eastern Sky.” Lines + Stars: Time Travel. Spring 2016. [More Information]
  • Poetry: “Pomegranate.” Spry. vol. 7, 2016. [More Information]
  • Poetry: “Sister Agnes Tells about the Crocodile.” Reprinted in Sky and Sea: A Sugared Water Anthology. January 2017.
  • Poetry: “Stretch Marks.” WomanArts Quarterly Journal. vol. 7, no.1, 2017, p. 18.
  • Poetry: “Delaware River.” North Carolina Literary Review. no. 26, 2017, p.73. [Finalist for the journal’s James Applewhite prize in poetry.]
  • Poetry: “Committee Meeting.” Voices from the Attic, edited by Jan Beatty, Carlow University Press, 2017, p. 71.
  • Poetry: “Bolt: Six Ways.” Voices from the Attic, edited by Jan Beatty, Carlow University Press, 2018.
  • “‘Something Beautiful, Something Frightening’: Using Welty’s Stories to Teach Critical Thinking in Undergraduate Writing Courses.” Teaching the Works of Eudora Welty: Twenty-first Century Approaches, edited by Mae Miller Claxton and Julia Eichelberger, University Press of Mississippi, 2018, pp. 181-187.
  • “Triangulation and an Outsider’s South in Eudora Welty’s ‘No Place for You, My Love.’” Eudora Welty Review, vol. 9, Spring 2017, pp. 75-82.
  • “Speed Dating an iPad Until the Break of Dawn: Creative Techno-feminist Pedagogy for Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn.” Yin and Yang in the English Classroom. Ed. Sandra Eckard. R&L Education: Lanham, Maryland.
  • Stirring the Pot: Domesticity and the Kitchen in the Fiction of Southern Women, Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2008.
  • “‘You have even been to lady school’: Pierre Bourdieu, Lee Smith, and New Gender Theory for Southern Literature.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures 66.1 (Winter 2013): 3-29.
  • Review of Desire and the Divine: Feminine Identity in White Southern Women's Writing, by Kathaleen Amende. The Journal of Southern Religion. 15 (2013). Web. [More Information]
  • “‘The Thing They Knew’: Social Exclusion at Southern Wakes in Eudora Welty’s ‘The Wanderers’ and The Optimist’s Daughter.” Women and the Material Culture of Death. Eds. Elizabeth Tobin and Maureen Goggin. Ashgate: Farnham, UK, 2013.
  • "Appalachian Lipstick" The Written Wardrobe. 2nd ed. Modcloth, 2012. Web.
  • “Why Are All the Fat Brides Smiling?: Body Image and the American Bridal Industry.” Feminist Media Studies 5.2 (2005): 243-246.
  • “Sexing the Domestic: Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding and the Sexology Movement.” Southern Quarterly: A Journal of the Arts in the South 42.2 (2004): 37-59.
  • “From Courtship to Kitchen: Radical Domesticity in Twentieth-Century Southern Women’s Fiction.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 32.8 (2003): 907-936.
  • “Ellipsis, Ritual, and ‘Real Time’: Rethinking the Rape Complex in Southern Novels.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures 54.1 (2000): 37-58.


  • Openness Award, Stars at Seton Hill (Service Award), Seton Hill University, May 2008
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 2000-2001
  • Tuition Fellowship, Vanderbilt University, 1996-2001
  • Susan Ford Wiltshire Prize for Graduate Essay on a Women’s Studies Topic, Vanderbilt University, 2000
  • Dissertation Enhancement Grant, Vanderbilt University, 2000
  • Teaching Assistantship, Vanderbilt University, 1997-2000


  • College Composition and Communication
  • Council of Writing Program Administrators
  • Ellen Glasgow Society of the American Literature Association
  • Modern Language Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Pittsburgh Area Composition Directors
  • Society for the Study of Southern Literature


  • “’A lady couldn’t expect to travel without a hat’: Disembodied Cultural Capital, Gender, and Sexuality in Welty’s Short Fiction.” Charleston, South Carolina. February 21-23, 2019.
  • “Creativity, Critique & Citizenship: Performance-Based Approaches to Teaching First-Year Composition.” CCCC. Pittsburgh, PA. March 14-17, 2019.
  • “Glasgow, the Gothic, and the Cultural Capital of Feminine Beauty.” American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 21-24, 2015.
  • “Technology with Heart: ‘This I Believe’ Podcasts in Basic Composition” iTeach. Seton Hill University. Greensburg, PA. May 8, 2015.
  • “The Little Things: American Miniatures in Cultural Contexts.” Northeast Modern Language Association. Toronto, Canada. April 30-May 3, 2015. [Panel organizer and panelist]
  • “Speed Dating an iPad until the Break of Dawn: Creative Techno-Feminist Pedagogy for Stephenie Meyer’s Breaking Dawn.” English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities. California, PA. Oct. 3-4, 2014
  • "The Gift of 'Dare’s Gift': Teaching Glasgow to Early Undergraduates." American Literature Association. Washington, D.C. May 22-25, 2014.
  • “'But the one I most wanted to be was Tragedy': Lee Smith’s Tableaux Vivants in On Agate Hill." Northeast Modern Language Association. Harrisburg, PA. April 3-6, 2014.
  • "Fashioning a Digital South: A Virtual Tour of Southern Style Blogs." Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Arlington, Va. March 27-29, 2014.
  • "You have even been to lady school": Pierre Bourdieu, Lee Smith, and an Appalachian Education. Appalachian Studies Association. Indiana, PA. March 23-25, 2012. [More Information]
  • "The thing they knew": Death Rituals in 'The Wanderers' and The Optimist's Daughter." Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Nashville, TN. March 29-April 1, 2012.
  • “Creating an Assessment Community.” Writing Program Administrators Summer Conference. Baton Rouge, LA. July 14-18, 2011. [More Information]
  • “Teaching with iPads: Motivation, Inspiration, Alienation in the Appleverse.” Computers and Writing. Ann Arbor, MI. May 18-22, 2011. [More Information]
  • “We Were Theory Before Theory Was Cool: Lee Smith, Pierre Bourdieu, and New Gender Theory for Southern Literature.” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. Honolulu, HI. Jan 9-12, 2011.
  • “Teaching Twilight and Feminism, or, What Have I Gotten Myself Into Now?” The Twilight Saga: Girls, Women, Feminism, and Popular Culture: An Academic Conference. Edinboro, PA. Oct. 23, 2010
  • “‘But the one I most wanted to be was Tragedy’: The Cultural Capital of Self-Denial in Lee Smith’s On Agate Hill.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature Conference. New Orleans, LA. April 8-11, 2010 [More Information]
  • “Fashioning Another Self and Another South: O’Connor, Welty, Walker, and the Creation of Clothing.” Southern Women Writers Conference. Rome, GA. September 24-26, 2009.
  • “‘Chick Lit’ and ‘Pollyannas’: What We’ve Learned from Book Selection Debates” Northeastern Modern Language Association. Boston, MA. February 28-March 1, 2009.
  • “Inside the Cage, Outside ‘The System’: Domestic Education and the Critique of Hyper-femininity in Ellen Glasgow’s Virginia” American Literature Association. San Francisco. May 22-25, 2008.
  • “Screeching and Hissing on the Route to Change: Railroads and Domesticity in Lee Smith’s Oral History.” Society for the Study of Southern Literature. Williamsburg, Virginia. April 17-20, 2008.
  • “Sexual Violence in the Work of Raymond Andrews.” Invited to present for the “Super-session” of the Southern Writers Symposium. Fayetteville, North Carolina. February 25-28, 2007.
  • “Establishing a Writing Program at a Small University as a New WPA.” Writing Program Administrators Annual Conference. Chattanooga, Tennessee. July 13-16, 2006.
  • “Let them Do Research!: Two Uncommon Approaches to Teaching the Research in a General Writing Course for First-Year Students.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Chicago. March 22-26, 2006.
  • “Just a Taste: Eudora Welty’s Domestic Sensuality.” American Literature Association. Boston. May 22-25, 2003.
  • “Toni Morrison and the House of Jazz.” MELUS: Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States. Boca Raton. April 10-13, 2003.
  • “What’s Cooking: Personal Narrative in the Online Kitchen.” Modern Language Association. Washington, D.C. December 27-30, 2000.
  • “Cracker Barrel Casserole and Bug Bite Soup: The Southern Kitchen Goes Online.” Mid-Atlantic American/Popular Culture Association. Albany. November 3-5, 2000.
  • “Storms Brewing: The Appalachian Kitchen as Indicator of Social Change in Lee Smith’s Oral History.” Popular Culture Association in the South/American Culture Association in the South. Nashville. October 6-9, 2000.
  • “The Critique of Separate Spheres in Melville’s Typee.” MLA. Chicago. December 27-31, 1999.
  • “‘A Dwelling-house of the Valley Described’: Gendered Architecture in Melville’s Typee.” Gendered Landscapes. Pennsylvania State University. May 29-June 1, 1999.
  • “Melville’s Fictional Gender Divide.” Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies: Transatlanticisms. Ohio State University. April 9-10, 1999.


  • Women's Negotiation Training for Project Catapult, Pennsylvania Women and Girls Foundation


  • Invited to lead workshop:“Using iPads in Teaching and Learning.” June 2011 Faculty Development Workshops, Arcadia University. Glenside, PA. June 14-16, 2011.
  • Selected to participate in the Council of Independent Colleges Information Fluency Workshop. New Orleans, Louisiana. March 2010.
  • Selected to participate in Faculty Seminar on Slave Narratives at Yale University, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History: June 7-10 2009
  • Computer-Assisted Writing Coordinator, College Writing Program, Vanderbilt University, 2003-04
  • Lecturer, Department of English and Program in Women’s Studies, Vanderbilt University, 2001-2004
  • President, English Graduate Student Association, Vanderbilt University, 2000-2001
  • Master Teaching Fellow, Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, 2000-2001