- 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. Because her own writing and research cuts across genres and disciplines, Ms. 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:
- 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.
- "Namdeo Dhasal: Poet and Panther." Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars. Fall 1991: 77-83.
- "Namdeo Dhasal's Poetry." Journal of South Asian Literature. Michigan State University, Spring, Fall 1989: 65-82.
- "Two poems by Namdeo Dhasal." Translation. Spring 1989: 234-235.
Laurie and her husband, Tracy Scott McMillin, have two boys, Liam and Jack. They like to hike, canoe, and travel.