Dr. Laura Jo Dubek

Professor

Dr. Laura Jo Dubek
615-904-8156
Room 379, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 70, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Fall 2018: Virtual hours & in Peck Hall by app't

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (2001)
  • M.A., University of Nebraska, Omaha (1993)
  • B.A., University of Nebraska, Omaha (1990)

Areas of Expertise

African American Literature

Civil Rights Literature

20th Century American Literature

Biography

Laura Dubek earned her doctorate at the University of Iowa in 2001, with a specialization in African American literature. In 2002, she joined the faculty in the English department. She teaches courses for several programs, including African American and Africana studies, English, General Education, Graduate Studies, and Honors. For three years, she taught for the Great Books in Tennessee Prisons progr...

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Laura Dubek earned her doctorate at the University of Iowa in 2001, with a specialization in African American literature. In 2002, she joined the faculty in the English department. She teaches courses for several programs, including African American and Africana studies, English, General Education, Graduate Studies, and Honors. For three years, she taught for the Great Books in Tennessee Prisons program. A strong proponent of professional development, Dubek regularly attends workshops to improve her teaching, which now includes developing online and special topics courses as well as sponsoring students’ participation in the university-wide research poster exhibition on Scholars Day. In 2014, she received the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Student Success.

From 2009-2014, Dubek served as director of Lower Division English. She initiated a course redesign of English 1010: Literacy for Life, and in 2015, she received a Course Revitalization Grant from the Tennessee Board of Regents to collaborate on a redesign of English 1020: Research and Argumentative Writing. From 2009-2015 , she served as the English department representative on the Faculty Senate.  

Dubek’s literary criticism has appeared in African American Review, Journal of American Culture, Journal of Popular Film and Television, MELUS, Mississippi Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, Southern Quarterly, and Women's Studies. In recent years, both her teaching and her scholarship has focused more on black popular culture and has included collaborative research with graduate students. Dubek is the editor of Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement (2018), a collection of interdisciplinary essays. She received the College of Liberal Arts Faculty Award for Research and Creative Activity in 2018.

https://www.routledge.com/Living-Legacies-Literary-Responses-to-the-Civil-Rights-Movement/Dubek/p/book/9781138094000.

 

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Awards

College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Award 2017-18

General Education English Professional Development Grant, MTSU, 2017

EXL Faculty Grant, 2017

Faculty Research & Creative Activity Grant, MTSU, Summer/Fall 2017

EXL Faculty Grant, 2015

Lower Division English Professional Development Grant, 2015

Tennessee Board of Regents Course Revitalization Grant, with Julie Barger, 2015

Practices in Student Success Faculty Award, College of Lib...

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College of Liberal Arts Faculty Research Award 2017-18

General Education English Professional Development Grant, MTSU, 2017

EXL Faculty Grant, 2017

Faculty Research & Creative Activity Grant, MTSU, Summer/Fall 2017

EXL Faculty Grant, 2015

Lower Division English Professional Development Grant, 2015

Tennessee Board of Regents Course Revitalization Grant, with Julie Barger, 2015

Practices in Student Success Faculty Award, College of Liberal Arts, MTSU, 2014

Identified as a person who significantly contributed to student success in 2008/09/11/12/13/14/16

Faculty Research & Creative Activity Grant, MTSU, Spring/Summer 2012

Faculty Development Grant, MTSU, 2012

Faculty Development Grant, MTSU, 2010

Faculty Research & Creative Activity Grant, MTSU, Spring/Summer 2004

Faculty Development Grant, MTSU, 2004

Frederick Seeley Dissertation Fellow for Teaching & Research, U of Iowa, 1999-2000

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Iowa Council on Teaching, 1998

John Gerber Teaching Award, English Department, University of Iowa, 1997

Presidential Graduate Fellow, University of Nebraska, 1991-1992

Ralph Wardle Scholarship, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1992

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Research/Scholarly Activity

Books  

Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Routledge, 2018.  

Chapters in Books  

“[D]e understandin’ to go ‘long wid it’: Storytelling and (the) Civil Rights Movement.” Introduction. Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. Ed. Dubek. New York: Routledge, 2018. 1-16.

“Back to B...

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Books  

Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. New York: Routledge, 2018.  

Chapters in Books  

“[D]e understandin’ to go ‘long wid it’: Storytelling and (the) Civil Rights Movement.” Introduction. Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. Ed. Dubek. New York: Routledge, 2018. 1-16.

“Back to Birmingham: Three Poets Remember the Sixteenth Street Church Bombing.” With StarShield Lortie. In Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement.   Ed. Dubek. New York: Routledge, 2018. 69-79. 

The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the African American Quest for Freedom and Literacy.” In Prison Narratives from Boethius to Zana. Ed. Philip Edward Phillips. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014. 195-214.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles  

“‘Fight for It!’: The Twenty-First-Century Underground Railroad.” The Journal of American  Culture. Special Issue Theme: Slavery in the Contemporary Imagination 41.1 (March  2018): 68-80.

“Deeds Not Words: The Battle Cry of Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna.” With Jesse Williams, Jr. The Journal of Popular Film and Television 43.2 (2015): 83-91.

“‘Pass it On!’: Legacy and the Freedom Struggle in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” Southern Quarterly 52.2 (Winter 2015): 90-109. Rpt. in Living Legacies: Literary Responses to the Civil Rights Movement. Ed. Dubek. New York: Routledge, 2018. 80-93.

“‘Till Death Do Us Part: White Male Rage in Richard Wright’s Savage Holiday.” Mississippi Quarterly: The Journal of Southern Cultures. Special Issue on Richard Wright 61.4 (Fall 2008): 1-21.

“‘[J]us’ listenin’ tuh you’: Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Gospel Impulse.” Southern Literary Journal 41 (Fall 2008): 109-130. 

“White Family Values in Ann Petry’s Country Place.” MELUS 29.2 (Summer 2004): 55-76.

“Lessons in Solidarity: Buchi Emecheta and Mariama Bâ on Female Victim(izer)s.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 30 (2001): 199-223.

“The Social Geography of Race in Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee.” African American Review 30.3 (1996): 341-51.

“Rewriting Male Scripts: Willa Cather and The Song of the Lark.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 23 (1994): 293-306.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Encyclopedia Entries  

“Janie Crawford,” “Jody Starks,” and “Verigible (Tea Cake) Woods” in A Student’s Guide to American Literary Characters. Columbia, South Carolina: Manley, 2007.

Conference Presentations (most recent)

Hamilton: An American Musical and the Douglass, King, Miranda Mix-Tape” With Micah Hallman. PCAS. October 4-6, 2018.

“White History Week: James Baldwin’s Modest Proposal and the Liberation of Atticus Finch.” PCA/ACA. Seattle. March 23-26, 2016.

“The Scandal of American Democracy: Zora Neale Hurston’s Call and TV Writer Shonda Rhimes’s Response.” Faulkner & Hurston. Southeast Missouri State. Oct. 23-25, 2014.  

Under Review/In Process

“Rereading Spike Lee’s 25th Hour: Adaptation, the West(ern), and American Mythmaking.” With Jesse Williams. Western American Literature.

“The Road Not Taken: Toni Morrison’s Remember and Response-Ability” College Literature Special Issue: Toni Morrison & Adaptation.

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Courses

English 1010 Expository Writing: Literacy for Life (Dual Enrollment & EXL)

English 1020 Research & Argumentative Writing (online)

English 2020 African American Nonfiction (online)

English 2030 The Experience of Literature

English 3000 Introduction to Literary Studies

English 3320 Twentieth Century American Literature

English 3330 Southern Literature

English 3340 African American Literature

English 3735 Black Women Writers

English 6340/7340 Graduate Seminar in African American Writers