Rhetoric and Composition
Department Chair:
Laurie McMillin

Phone: (440) 775-8907
Fax: (440) 775-8619

King Building 139
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Laurie McMillin

Laurie McMillin

Chair, Professor

Contact Information


Rice Hall 114
(440) 775-8614

Laurie McMillin

Laurie McMillin

Laurie McMillin

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Lawrence University, 1984
  • Master of Arts, Syracuse University, 1989
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Syracuse University, 1993

Laurie Hovell McMillin is Professor of Rhetoric & Composition and chair of the department.  Because her own writing and research cuts across genres and disciplines, Professor McMillin especially enjoys helping students to negotiate the demands of a liberal arts curriculum. Her teaching interests include travel writing, writing pedagogy, and the pleasures of academic discourse. Her research interests include cultural studies, non-fiction prose, South Asian culture and religion, and Tibetan studies. She is currently the mentor for Posse 4 at Oberlin.

Her published work includes:

  • “Words, Time, and Worlds: Nine Days on the Grand Canyon.”  Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment. October 2013.
  • “Terror.” In Travel Writing: Theory and Practice, edited by Charles Forsdick, Corinne Fowler, and Ludmilla Kostova. London: Routledge, August 2013.
  • Buried Indians: Digging up the Past in a Midwestern Town. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2006.
  • "New Age Namtar: Tibetan Autobiographies in English." In Proceedings of the Ninth Seminar of the International Association for Tibetan Studies. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers, 2002.
  • English in Tibet, Tibet in English: Self-Presentation in Tibet and the Diaspora. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
  • "Enlightenment Travels: The Making of Tibetan Epiphany." Writes of Passage, edited by James S. Duncan and Derek Gregory. London: Routledge, 1999.
  • "The Poems of Namdeo Dhasal," in An Anthology of Dalit Literature. Ed. Mulk Raj Anand and Eleanor Zelliot. New Delhi: Gyan Publishers, 1992.