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  • Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
  • Director of Writing Program


  • BA, Lawrence University, 1984
  • MA, Syracuse University, 1989
  • PhD, 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 enjoys helping students to negotiate the demands of a liberal arts curriculum. Her teaching interests include travel writing and writing pedagogy. Her research interests include travel writing, non-fiction prose, South Asian culture and religion, and Tibetan studies. She also edits the on-line journal AWAY: Experiments in Travel and Telling.

    • "The Guide," The Lonely Planet Anthology of Travel Writing, 2016, forthcoming.
    • “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. 


    • Laurie McMillin Participates in Panel

      April 4, 2019

      Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Laurie McMillin was part of the panel "Decolonize This: The New Global Travel Writing Canon" at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Portland, Oregon, in March 2019.

    • Laurie McMillin Edits Nominated Essay

      May 11, 2017

      Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Laurie Hovell McMillin serves as the editor-in-chief for Away Journal. An essay in the publication, penned by Adriana Páramo, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

    • Laurie McMillin Publishes in Travel Anthology

      November 21, 2016

      Laurie McMillin, professor and chair of rhetoric and composition, wrote a piece called The Guide that was published in The Lonely Planet Travel Anthology: True Stories from the World's Best Writers, edited by Don George, out this month from Lonely Planet publications, London. The volume also includes tales by T.C. Boyle, Lily King, Pico Iyer, Jan Morris, Francine Prose, and more.