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Lauren Gantz


Lauren Gantz specializes in American Ethnic Literatures, with additional interests in cultural memory, women’s and gender studies, and graphic novels. Her current research focuses on the ways in which diasporic Caribbean writers appropriate, create, or interrogate archives in order to negotiate historical trauma and national identity. She has also researched and written on pedagogy, particularly as it relates to the teaching of multiethnic literatures. View CV

Gantz is currently serving on Diversity Council, the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Committee, and the SPARC Advisory and Outreach Committee. Gantz is the co-advisor of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. In the summers, she teaches for Upward Bound. She’s a member of the community organization i2i, and sings in the Monteverdi Choir. 


Gantz, Lauren. (2016). Archiving the Door of No Return in Dionne Brand’s At the Full and Change of the Moon. Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Vol. 13, No. 2, 123-147.


  • American Association of University Professors (2016-present)
  • American Association of University Women (2016-present)
  • Caribbean Studies Association (2011-present)
  • Modern Language Association (2012-present)
  • The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (2012-present)

Read as much as you can, and as many different types of writing as you can. You’ll learn not only how to become a more critical reader, but a better writer.
– Lauren Gantz 


“Parable of the Talents” by Octavia Butler



Associate Professor

CCC 428


Ph.D. - English
University of Texas at Austin

M.A. - English
Ohio University

B.A. - English
Emporia State University


American Indian Literature
Freshman English
Introduction to Ethnic Literature of the U.S.
Major Authors of Ethnic Literature
​Reading Fiction