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Laura Severin PhD


Department of English

Tompkins Hall 235

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Laura Severin has worked for NC State University since 1984 as a faculty member and an administrator. Past administrative positions include: Department Head of English, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Special Assistant to the Provost. In her faculty role, she teaches twentieth and twentieth-first century British literature and researches multimedia Scottish poetry. She has had a lifelong commitment to diversity and acted as co-PI on the University’s ADVANCE grant (2008-2012), intended to better recruit and retain women faculty and faculty of color.  She is a former ACE Fellow (class of 2011-2012), hosted by Duke University.

Research Publications

Poetry Off the Page: Twentieth-Century British Women Poets in Performance.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Stevie Smith’s Resistant Antics.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Numerous articles on twentieth-century and recent British literature, as well as administrative topics.

Funded Research

Most recent: NSF ADVANCE grant (2008-2012)


Ph.D. Twentieth-Century British Literature Indiana University 1989

Area(s) of Expertise

Dr. Laura Severin is the author of two books, Stevie Smith’s Resistant Antics (1997) and Poetry off the Page: Twentieth-Century British Women in Performance (2004), as well as a number of articles on twentieth-century and contemporary British literature. Her current scholarship focuses on multimedia experimentation in the works of contemporary Scottish women poets, including Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, and Valerie Gillies, around the topics of the environment and health.