Laurie JC Cella

Assistant Professor of English

Director of Composition

Office: DHC 005
Phone: 477.1204


BA, SUNY Geneseo, 1996

PhD, University of Connecticut, 2007


Research/Teaching Interests:

I teach a wide variety of classes: Composition (WIFYS), Women's Literature, American Literature, and Technical/Professional Writing. Most of my writing classes have a service-learning focus. As Composition Director, I oversee the Composition program, and mentor the English department's AmeriCorps Vista, Jayda Coons. Jayda keeps a blog describing her experiences coordinating service-learning opportunities as the English dept Community Fellow:

Selected Publications:


I am currently co-editing a book with Jessica Restaino titled Unsustainable: Owning Our Best, Short-Lived Efforts at Community Writing Work, under contract with Lexington Press. This collection focuses on issues of sustainability in the field of service-learning and features essays by Ellen Cushman, Paula Mathieu, Tom Deans, Eleanor Long, and Mike Donnelly, with an afterward by Eli Goldblatt.


"Demeter on Strike: Fierce Motherhood on the Picket Line and the Playground." Being and Thinking as an Academic Mother: Theory and Practice. Editors Andrea O'Reilly and Lynn Hallstein. Association for Research on Mothering. York University, Toronto, Canada. Forthcoming, Spring 2012.

"Oral Histories as Community Outreach: Toward a Deeper Understanding of the Rural Public Sphere." Circulating Communities: The Tactics and Strategies of Community Publishing. Eds. Paula Mathieu, Steve Parks, and Tiffany Rousculp. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press. 2011.

"Re-assessing Sustainability: Leveraging Marginal Power for Service-Learning Programs." Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Community Literacy, and Service-Learning. Fall 2010.

“Radical Romance in the Piedmont: Olive Tilford Dargan’s Gastonia Novels.” Southern Literary Journal. Spring 2007. 39:2. 37-57.

“Narrative ‘Confidence Games’: Framing the Blonde Spectacle in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) and Nights of the Circus (1984).” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Winter 2005. 47-62.

Editorial Experience

Co-editor, Proteus: A Journal of Ideas.

Assistant Editor, Twentieth Century American Drama: Critical Concepts and Cultural Studies. Oxford: Routledge, 2006.

Book Reviews

Sheridan-Rabideau, Mary P. Girls, Feminism, and Grassroots Literacies. Albany: State University of New York Press. 2008. Forthcoming in Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy. Fall/Winter 2008.

Ben Rafoth, ed. A Tutor’s Guide: Helping Writers One to One. Portsmouth, NH: Hienmann. 2005. Writing Lab Newsletter. April 2006. 12.

Ben Rafoth & Shanti Bruce, eds. ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors. Portsmouth, NH: Heinmann. 2004. Writing Lab Newsletter. June 2004. 8-9.

Nancy McCabe, Meeting Sophie: A Memoir of Adoption. Columbia: U of Missouri P, 2003. In Multicultural Review. 2004. 66-67.

Current Happenings 

February 18, 2016:  Dr. Santalucia will be reading poetry from her dynamic debut Because I Did Not Die at the Grove Spiritual Center, 6:30 p.m.   

All events are free and open to the public!