Koshland Director HCAH/Associate Professor of English
Laura McGrane is Associate Professor of English and Koshland Director of the Hurford Center for the Arts & Humanities at Haverford College. She received her PhD from Stanford University and teaches eighteenth-century print culture and digital media, integrating theoretical work on interface and coding into scholarship on the history of the book.
She has published on eighteenth-century print and performance and has led Mellon-funded workshops on The Humanities Lab (2014) and The New Digital Archivalism (2009). She is a co-adviser for Re: Humanities, a national undergraduate conference on digital humanities. With colleagues at Bryn Mawr and Swarthmore Colleges, she launched the Tri-College Digital Humanities Initiative. She is also on the editorial board of 18thConnect (http://www.18thConnect.org). As Koshland Director, she oversees the Haverford Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery program and Mellon Creative Residencies initiative in addition to the Center's regular programming.
While a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, she conducted Masters research at the University of the Western Cape. She is currently the District IV (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware) Rhodes Secretary and is a regular speaker on issues of digital humanities in liberal arts education.
- PhD English and American Literature, Stanford University
- MSc (Oxon.) Comparative Education, University of Oxford
- BA Hons. (First Class) English, University of Oxford
- BA English, College of Saint Benedict
Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, with particular concentration in the novel, drama, non-fictional prose, and visual culture; satire; religious writers, conversion narratives and enthusiasm. Transatlantic studies; South African literature; historiography, media studies and digital humanities; liberal arts education and technology