Faculty Profile

Leah Orr

Visiting Assistant Professor of English (2013)

Contact Information


East College 401



  • B.A., University of Washington, 2007
  • M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2009
  • Ph.D., 2013

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ENGL 220 Crit Approaches & Lit Methods
An introduction to the basic questions that one may ask about a literary text, its author, and its audience. Study of a limited selection of literary texts using several critical approaches. The course will also offer instruction in the elements of critical writing.

ENGL 300 C.A.L.M. Lab
This P/F non-credit research course introduces students to research methodology for advanced literary studies. ENGL 300 is a co-requisite with a student's first 300-level literature course (except ENGL 339).

ENGL 359 Inventing America
This course will focus on works by writers from both sides of the Atlantic to examine the ways in which they used literature to grapple with the changing relationship between Britain and America and the formation of a new type of nation. We will also examine literature that explores problematic issues such as slavery, relations between colonists and native Americans, and the role of women in the new society. Authors studied may include Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Benjamin Franklin, Olaudah Equiano, Phillis Wheatley, Samson Occam, Charles Brockden Brown, and James Fenimore Cooper.