Laura Laffrado, PhD

she/her, Professor


Pronunciation: LOR-uh Fur-NAN-dez Luh-FRAY-doh

Dr. Laura Fernandes Laffrado is an award-winning Professor of English at Western Washington University. She has published widely on American literature in journals such as a/b: Auto/Biography Studies; ESQ; Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers; Literature in the Early Republic; Nathaniel Hawthorne Review; Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture; and many other journals and collections. Among her books are Uncommon Women: Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century US Women’s Writing and her most recent book, Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature, which received the Society for the Study of American Women Writers 2018 Edition Award. She is currently at work on a biography of Pacific Northwest writer Ella Rhoads Higginson.

Research Interests

  • Early American Literatures
  • 19th Century American Literatures
  • Autobiography
  • Biography