Laura M. Stevens, Ph.D. - The University of Tulsa
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Laura M. Stevens, Ph.D.

TURC Faculty Fellow

Roxana McFarlin Chapman Chair in English


Laura M. Stevens specializes in the literature of Britain, its colonies, and the Atlantic world from the mid-seventeenth through eighteenth centuries. Her first book, “The Poor Indians: British Missionaries, Native Americans, and Colonial Sensibility,” was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2004. Her second book, “Friday’s Tribe: Eighteenth-Century English Missionary Fantasies,” has been accepted for publication by University of Pennsylvania Press. She is a past president of the Society of Early Americanists and the South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and she is a former editor of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature. She is the founder, with Sara Beam and Midge Dellinger, principal co-investigator of a research project, “The PSIG Project: Identifying and Honoring the Students of The Presbyterian School for Indian Girls, the Indigenous Boarding School that Became The University of Tulsa.”

As TURC Faculty Fellow, she administers the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge Program for The University of Tulsa.

Awards and Honors

University Outstanding Teacher Award, The University of Tulsa, 2009; Mortar Board Honor Society Teaching Award, The University of Tulsa, 2009; Society of Early Americanists Essay Award, 2002; Phi Beta Kappa, 1990, Phi Kappa Phi, 1989; Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History Visiting Research Fellowship, Oxford Brookes
University, UK, June 2022; Obama Institute Fellowship, Johannes Gutenberg Universität, Mainz, Germany, June 2018; Oklahoma Humanities Council Research Grants, 2011, 2004, 2002, 2000; Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2004-05. Phillips Fund Research Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, June 2001; National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, 2000; Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Libr., June-Aug. 1999.



  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., Villanova University

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Colonial & missionary writings
  • Indigenous literature
  • Emotion studies
  • Rhetorics of empire
  • Women’s writing
  • Speculative fiction