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Laura Heffernan

Associate Professor of English

Phone: (904) 620-2273
Office: Building 8, Room 2637


Faculty Bio

Areas of Expertise

Modernism, Disciplinary History, History of the Novel, Sociology of Expertise


University of Pennsylvania PhD 2007 (English)

University of Pennsylvania BA 1999 (English)



Laura Heffernan works on twentieth century literature and culture, with a particular focus on histories of reading and histories of literary criticism. She is currently writing, with Rachel Sagner Buurma (Swarthmore College), a new history of literary study that focuses on past classrom materials. Provisionally titled The Teaching Archive, it will be published by the University of Chicago Press. Portions of and outtakes from the book the have appeared in New Literary HistoryPMLA, the Modernism/Modernity "Discipline" column, and ACLS News. Dr. Heffernan received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and taught at Tulane University and Brown University before joining the faculty here at UNF. In the English department, she teaches courses on the history of the novel, modernist literature, digital methods in literary study, and later periods of British Literature. She is coordinator of UNF's new Digital Humanities minor and is keen to talk with any students who wish to know more about this exciting program of study.