PhD, New York University
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Laura Fisher holds a BA (Hons) from McGill University and a 2012 PhD from New York University. Dr. Fisher is a literary and cultural historian whose research and teaching interests include urban literature and culture; nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature; gender, race, class, and social mobility; and the history of books and reading. Her book manuscript explores the relationship between social reform institutions and the production, mediation, and reception of American literature around the turn of the twentieth century. For this project, she has undertaken research in the archives of settlement houses and working girls’ clubs across New York City. In collaboration with a graphic designer, Dr. Fisher also directs a digital and public humanities project, “City of Words.” This website and Smartphone application connects literary and physical landscapes on a map of New York City.
“Writing Immigrant Aid: The Settlement House and the Problem of Representation.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 37.2 (Summer 2012): 83-107.
“The Settlement House as Contact Zone.” Contact Spaces of American Culture: Localizing Global Phenomena. Berlin, Vienna, London: LIT Verlag, 2012.