Paul Lauter

(Co-Chair) Allan K. & Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature, Trinity College; editor, the Heath Anthology of American Literature

Paul Lauter (Chair) is Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith professor of literature emeritus at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He has served as president of the American Studies Association (of the United States), and he is general editor of the groundbreaking Heath Anthology of American Literature, now in its seventh edition. In the 1960s, Dr. Lauter served as peace education secretary and director of peace studies for the American Friends Service Committee, and executive director of the U.S. Servicemen’s Fund. During 1964 and 1965 he worked in freedom schools in Mississippi, then in Roosevelt University’s Upward Bound program, and in 1967 he became director of the first community school project in the nation, at Adams-Morgan in Washington, DC. He was also active in the faculty and staff union at the State University of New York, serving as statewide vice-president for academics, as chapter president, and as grievance officer, among other positions. He was also one of the founders of The Feminist Press and its treasurer and an editor for fourteen years. Dr. Lauter has served as director of American studies, as English department chair, and has for many years been the director of the graduate program in American studies at Trinity College. In 2006, he was awarded the American Studies Association (USA) Bode-Pearson award for a lifetime of achievement and service within the field of American Studies. He most recently served on the faculty of SSASAA 05, Transnationalism and Immigration Shock in American Society and Literature, in 2008.

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