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Laura Nicosia

Professor, English

Dickson Hall
BA, Saint Peter's College
MA, Montclair State University
PhD, New York University
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I am an Associate 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 listed as a New Jersey Council for the Humanities Public Scholar and travel all over the state of NJ offering workshops, presentations, and professional development seminars.

Currently, I am working on two co-edited collections due in print summer 2019: Critical Insights: John Steinbeck’s The Pearl (Salem/Grey Horse Press) and Letters to Secretary DeVos: What We Want You to Know About Education (Brill Publishers).

I have another project under contract with Myers Education Press to be released spring 2020: Examining Images of Urban Life: A Resource for Teachers of Young Adult Literature.

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 longer projects on my scholarly agenda are: a monograph on Gloria Naylor and a monograph on the The Posthuman Chimera and Monstrous Other in Young Adult Literature and Popular Culture.

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

If you're interested, here are links to my first two books:


My areas of scholarly interest rest in Modern/Contemporary American fiction and poetry, young adult and children's literatures, social justice, 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 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: Roald Dahl, A. A. Milne, Beatrix Potter, Frank Baum, Gloria Naylor, John Green, Laurie Halse Anderson, Louis Sachar, Suzanne Collins, Theodore Geisel, Roald Dahl, and Walter Dean Myers, among others.


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1:30 pm - 2:30 pm