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Laura Nicosia

Professor, English

Dickson Hall 464
BA, Saint Peter's College
MA, Montclair State University
PhD, New York University
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I am a Professor of English and have disciplinary expertise in American literature, Young Adult/Children’s Literatures, and literary theory. I serve as the NJ State Ambassador for the Assembly on Literature of Adolescents (ALAN) and am a Past-President of the NJ Council of Teachers of English (NJCTE). I am also a New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholar and I travel all over the tri-state area offering workshops, presentations, and professional development seminars.

My most recent publications (co-edited with James Nicosia) are: Examining Images of Urban Life: A Resource for Teachers of Young Adult Literature (Myers Education Press, Fall 2020). Earlier this year, we published: Critical Insights: John Steinbeck’s The Pearl (Salem, September 2019) and a 2-volume set on Notable American Women Writers (Salem, Spring 2020).

In the past few years, I have published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on Gloria Naylor, Sarah Orne Jewett, Suzanne Collins, Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar, Paolo Bacigalupi, Philip Roth, and Marianne Moore.

Other projects on my scholarly agenda are: a collaboration (with James Nicosia) on Memory and Trauma in YAL; a monograph on Gloria Naylor; and collection on the The Posthuman Chimera and Monstrous Other in Young Adult Literature and Popular Culture.

One of my most important pedagogical missions is to bring diverse voices (both in the characters we encounter by the authors we read) into my reading lists and syllabi. These include thematic focuses on issues around mental health, suicide, trauma, economic disparity, race (#BLM), and censorship.

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My areas of scholarly interest rest in Modern/Contemporary American fiction and poetry, young adult and children's literatures, diverse voices, science fiction, speculative fiction, and educational applications for social networking media. Some of my more recent publications examine the narrative constructs of Neil Gaiman, Louis Sachar, Philip Roth, John Dufresne, Willa Cather, and Gloria Naylor.

With my expertise in Modern and Contemporary American literature, I also serve as Volume Advisor/Curator for Gale Publishing's Short Story Criticism, Children's Literary Review, and Contemporary Literary Review. I have curated entries on numerous authors such as: A. A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, Frank Baum, Gloria Naylor, John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Louis Sachar, Suzanne Collins, Roald Dahl, Theodore Geisel, Roald Dahl, and Walter Dean Myers, among others.


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