Dr. Lori Leavell

Graduate Coordinator and Associate Professor of English


Irby 401

(501) 450-5100

Lori Leavell (Ph.D., Emory University) began her academic journey in the sciences, but it took only one English class (freshman composition with Doug Sonheim) to convince her to change directions. What she loved about that class are the things that continue to animate her study of literature: language that astonishes and stories that captivate. More than anything, Leavell loves to be surprised by a work of literature or by the path a printed text cuts in the world. Drawn to the material histories of literary works and the workings of print culture, she likes to think about how texts get produced, where they go, and who encounters them. These are the kinds of questions that have propelled her scholarship in nineteenth-century African American literature, some of which can be found in CallalooBook History, and Critical Insights: Frederick Douglass. Leavell regularly teaches ENGL 1320: Writing about Food and Community, Introduction to Fiction, the surveys in American Literature as well as upper-level English classes that are part of the African/African American Studies curriculum, including Southern Literature. As the coordinator of the master’s program in English, she’s a good person to talk to if you’re thinking about graduate study!


Ph.D., Emory University
M.A., University of Arkansas

CV 2022


Areas of Specialization

Nineteenth-Century American Literature
African American Literature
Southern Literature
History of the Book and Print Culture

Graduate Programs

Spring 2023 Office Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
2:00p – 4:00p 12:45p – 4:00p 2:00p – 2:45p  —



Fall 2022 Class Schedule

Intro to Fiction  ENGL 2370 TR 9:25a – 10:40a  Irby 310
American Literature I ENGL 2312 TR 10:50a – 12:05p Irby 312

African American Literature ENGL 4380/5380 TR 12:15p – 1:30p Irby 313