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Professor of English and Women's Studies

Dr. Laurie GrobmanPh.D., English, Lehigh University
M.A., English, Villanova University
M.S., Criminology, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

e-mail: leg8@psu.edu
Phone: 610-396-6141
Fax: 610-396-6026
Office: 118 Franco Building


Dr. Laurie Grobman is a Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State Berks. Grobman's teaching, research, and service interests center on service learning and community-based research, bringing together students and community organizations to produce meaningful work while enriching students' learning experiences. She and her students have worked closely with the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum in Reading, Centro Hispano in Reading, and Jewish Federation of Reading. Grobman launched and coordinates the Penn State Berks Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research. She is the founding editor of the international, multidisciplinary online journal, Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research.

Grobman has a strong record of research. Grobman has published four books: Undergraduate Research in English Studies (2010) (co-edited with Joyce Kinkead), Multicultural Hybridity: Transforming American Literary Scholarship and Pedagogy (2007), Teaching at the Crossroads: Cultures and Critical Perspectives in Literature by Women of Color (2001), and On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring (2005) (co-edited with the late Candace Spigelman). Grobman has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. Service Learning and Literary Studies in English, co-edited with Roberta Rosenberg, is forthcoming from MLA Press.

Grobman was the recipient of the Penn State University President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration in 2012. She is the first recipient of the award from a Penn State campus outside University Park.

Most Recent Publications:

Grobman, Laurie. “‘I’m on a Stage’: Rhetorical History, Performance, and the Development of Central Pennsylvania African American Museum.” College Composition and Communication  65.2 (2013): 299-323.

Grobman, Laurie, and Joanna Garner. “Exploring the Metanarrative of the Traditional Literary Critical Essay.” Scientific Study of Literature 3.1 (2013): 48-76. (lead author)