Loras College, 2011
B.A., Luther College, 1996
M.A., Northeastern University, 1999
Ph.D., Saint Louis University, 2004
Dr. VanLaningham teaches 19th Century British Literature, Irish Studies, and Women’s Literature. Her British novel courses focus on the ways that detective fiction, the gothic, the Romance and the serial novel interact with the cultures of the period. She enjoys opportunities to put the books in context by using the Special Collections of the Loras Library, exploring the rich collection of Victorian periodicals and first editions. Additional courses she teaches include Spiritual Memoir, World Literature and Irish Women’s Writing. During January Term, Dr. VanLaningham leads the travel study course “Literary London and Beyond,” in which they study theater, art, and culture on site in various British cities. Students are regularly found having tea and scones at her home as part of their classes.
Dr. VanLaningham’s free time involves spending time outside—snowshoeing, kayaking, or running—or with her active sons. Her front porch is her favorite place to read with a mug of black coffee or earl grey tea in hand.