Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Writing Center
Laura Hakala teaches courses in American literature, women’s literature, and composition. Because she enjoys helping students make connections between historical/cultural contexts and literature, much of her research takes a historical approach. Her research focuses on American children’s literature written in the nineteenth century, and her recent projects have examined the ways children’s literature represents southern girlhood. Her articles on southern girlhood have appeared in Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, and The Southern Quarterly. She earned her PhD from the University of Southern Mississippi, her MA from Georgia Southern University, and her BA from Jacksonville University.