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Sarah J. Lauro

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Sarah J. Lauro

Meet Sarah J. Lauro

Assistant Professor, English

Education: 2000 University of California at Berkeley, B.A.
2004 New York University, M.A.
2006 University of California at Davis, M.A.
2011 University of California at Davis, Ph.D.

Courses Taught: AWR 201 Writing and Research
LIT 126 Lit and Film Classics
LIT 209 Am Lit Survey II
Lit 425 Senior Seminar

Career Specialties: Lauro's areas of expertise are located in postcolonial literature, especially of the Caribbean, American literature and film. Though she is most known for her scholarship on the myth of the zombie, she is also interested in narratives of disability, and modern day narratives of slavery and revolt, which she studies in a range of media.

Professional and Community Activities: Lauro's first book, The Transatlantic Zombie: Slavery, Rebellion, and Living Death (2015) showcases her expertise in both postcolonial literature of the Western hemisphere and horror film. Lauro enjoys collaborative scholarship, and she has edited collections both for book publication and for special issues of journals. She has also done some writing for online outlets like the Huffington Post’s College section and for The Los Angeles Review of Books online affiliate Avidly.com.

Honors and Awards: 2015 Tyler Rigg award for the year’s best essay in the international journal Disability Studies Quarterly