Laura Behling / Professor

Laura Behling received her B.A. in English from Kalamazoo College, M.S. in Journalism (Science & Medical Reporting) from Boston University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English & American Literature from The Claremont Graduate School. In 2003, she taught American literature and culture at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic as a Fulbright Scholar. In Spring 2018, she served as a Fulbright Specialist, consulting on curriculum renewal, at the American University of Bulgaria.  Her scholarly works include two monographs: The Masculine Woman in America, 1890-1935 (Illinois UP 2001) and Gross Anatomies: Fictions of the Physical in American Literature and Culture (Susquehanna UP 2008). She’s also edited a Civil-War era composite memoir, entitled Hospital Transports: A Memoir of the Embarkation of the Sick and Wounded from the Peninsula of Virginia in 1863 (SUNY UP 2005/2006). The Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) published her edited collection of essays entitled Reading, Writing, and Research: Undergraduate Students as Scholars in Literary Studies (2010) and she edited the third edition of the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) Resource Handbook for Academic Deans (2013).

Her areas of teaching and scholarly interests include: U.S. literature and culture, literature and medicine and the medical humanities more broadly, and 20th- and 21st-century U.S. literature. Higher education interests include: undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative work in the Humanities; faculty development; and curriculum renewal. Prior to joining the English Department, Behling served as Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the College at Knox, as well as faculty member and chair of the English Department at Gustavus Adolphus College, MN. She holds a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and served as a Faculty Fellow in a program sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Institute for Experiential Learning. In her spare time, she enjoys growing things in her garden, visiting the wonders of the world, and walking dogs at a local humane society.

Office: Borzello 101
Knox College
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FP: Women Writing the World
Introduction to Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
Literature & Power: Literature and Medicine
Studies in English or American Literature:
The Immigrant Author in America