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Laura Kuske von Wallmenich


Associate Professor of English; Associate Provost



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(989) 463-7132

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Laura Kuske von Wallmenich researches and teaches early American literature, colonial through the late nineteenth century. She is fascinated by the role literature plays in shaping American cultural identities, and as such, her approach to literature is highly interdisciplinary. Her research has focused largely on colonial and early national representations of Native Americans, and especially of whites captive to Native Americans. She is also very interested in the rise of the novel and the “translation.”

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Colby College
  • M.A., University of Washington
  • Ph.D., University of Washington (2000)

Signature Courses:
Transatlantic 18th Century; African-American Literature; Survey of American Literature I; Tolkien’s World.

My Expertise

Early American literature.

Recent Work and Accomplishments

Gilbert, J., & von Wallmenich, L. (2014). When Words Fail Us: Mother Time, Relational Attention, and the Rhetorics of Focus and Balance. Women’s Studies in Communication, 37(1), 66-89. https://doi.org/10.1080/07491409.2013.867915