Dr Laura R Severin

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Dr. Laura Severin joined the NC State faculty in 1984. She is currently a Professor of English/Women's Studies and has served as Special Assistant to the Provost from 2012 to the present. She was an ACE Fellow, hosted by Duke University, in 2011-12.   Her current work in the Provost’s Office entails facilitating the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, an interdisciplinary cluster hiring program, and co-facilitating Leadership in a Diverse Campus, a leadership development program for faculty that developed out of NC State’s NSF ADVANCE grant (2008-2012), on which Dr. Severin was a co-PI. Recent publications on administrative topics include her 2013 article on cluster hiring in Inside Higher Ed and an article on NC State’s leadership program, with Dr. Betsy Brown, in Career Moves (2014), a collection of essays on women and leadership.  She continues to be an active researcher and teacher in the area of contemporary British poetry.

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Laura Severin is the author of two books, Stevie Smith’s Resistant Antics (1997) and Poetry off the Page:  Twentieth-Century British Women in Performance (2004), as well as a number of articles on twentieth-century and contemporary British literature.  Her current scholarship focuses on multimedia experimentation in the works of contemporary Scottish women poets, including Kathleen Jamie, Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead, and Valerie Gillies, around the topics of the environment and health.

Funded Research

Most recent: NSF ADVANCE grant (2008-2012)


Poetry Off the Page: Twentieth-Century British Women Poets in Performance.  Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.

Stevie Smith's Resistant Antics.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Numerous articles on twentieth-century and recent British literature, as well as administrative topics.


  • Ph.D. in Twentieth-Century British Literature from Indiana University, 1989