Laura Stevens is Associate Professor of English at the University of Tulsa and Editor of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She teaches courses on British, American, and transatlantic literature of the long eighteenth century, as well as occasional courses on Western civilization for the Honors Program, and she is affiliated with the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Her scholarship focuses on the circulation of texts, genres, and ideas around the British Atlantic before 1800, particularly on depictions of colonized peoples, women’s literature, religious discourse, and emotion studies.
She is the author of The Poor
Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial
Sensibility (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004) as well as
articles dealing with the literature of Protestant Christian mission, sermons,
female robinsonades, transatlantic circulations of ideas and texts, anti-Catholic rhetoric, and
early modern scriptural interpretation. Her work has been supported by
grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington
Library, the John Carter Brown Library, the American Philosophical
Society, and the Oklahoma
Humanities Council. She received the
University of Tulsa’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.
She is a former President of the South-Central Society for
Eighteenth-Century Studies, is on the editorial board of Religion in the Age of Enlightenment,
and is a Consultant Reader for Legacy:
A Journal of American Women Writers. She is Vice President of the Society of Early Americansts for 2011-13.