PhD Candidate - 5th Year
American Literary Studies
Core Writing Instructor
Lauren Perry is a fifth-year PhD Candidate in American Literary Studies. She earned her Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Wyoming in 2012. At Wyoming, she specialized in 20th Century American Literature and taught first-year composition. Before moving to Albuquerque in 2015 to begin her doctoral studies at the University of New Mexico, she was full-time English faculty at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. At Northwest, she taught Intro to Literature, Graphic Novels, and Writing. Since beginning her studies at UNM, she has served as the Taos Writers Conference Graduate Assistant, the C19 Society for Nineteenth Century Americanists Graduate Assistant, taught and designed many of her own courses, and received several scholarships, grants, and awards. In 2018, she received the Outstanding Core Writing Instructor of the Year Award. In 2019, she was awarded the Graduate Student Success Scholarship.
Perry's publications include her chapter entitled "Teaching the History and Theory of American Comics: 20th-Century Graphic Novels as a Complex Literary Genre" in Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement (Palgrave Macmillan 2017). Lauren also authored nine entries in the Edinburgh Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Writers (Forthcoming, University of Edinburgh Press). Her entries detail the biographical and publication history of prominent Scottish comics authors and illustrators including Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Alan Grant, and Mark Millar.
Lauren's dissertation focuses on animals in 19th and 20th environmental literature. Specifically, she is interested in the powerful potential of animal studies readings of literary works to expand understanding of shifts in the environmentalist movement. Her research focuses on animals in literature for how they destabilize human conceptions of self, especially the environmentalist, the conservationist, and the outdoorsman. Along with 19th and 20th century American literature, Lauren specializes in graphic novels, film studies, and Scottish literature.