Featured Graduate Student

Laura Griffith, MA program

Laura Joy Griffith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon in May 2015. She double-majored, so she has a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and one in English. As an undergraduate, her work in Biblical and Theological Studies focused on ways American evangelicals interact with issues of gender and sexuality. Her work in English focused on feminism. Her senior thesis analyzed the trajectory of Jack London’s portrayal of women and traditional femininity in two of his novels, The Iron Heel and The Valley of the Moon. Laura chose to pursue graduate studies at Idaho State University because two of her professors at Multnomah, as well as several alumni from the English program at Multnomah, had previously earned advanced degrees in English from ISU. She entered the MA in English program in August 2015 and has thrived in the challenging and rewarding environment at ISU. Since coming to ISU, her research interests have focused on Victorian literature, feminism, and religion.

 

This spring, Laura has presented at three conferences, all of them held at ISU. She presented a paper on Jane Austen and Victorian novelists, one on George Eliot, and one on R.D. Blackmore’s 1869 novel Lorna Doone. She is especially excited to continue her work on Lorna Doone, charting new scholarly territory in her analysis of gender and religion in Blackmore’s most successful novel. Laura has also enjoyed teaching English 1101 at ISU this year and looks forward to exploring new ways of teaching in the future.

 

Until she moved to Pocatello in August, Laura had lived her whole life in the Pacific Northwest. She born and raised in western Washington and lived for three years in Portland. Someday she would like to move back to the land of rain, evergreen trees, and indie coffee shops. In addition to her academic pursuits, Laura is enamored of fashion, British culture, and tea. She is inspired by Grace Kelly, Emma Watson, and Elle Woods. Her favorite works of fiction include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, and Middlemarch by George Eliot. Her favorite works of nonfiction include Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg, Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead. The most important relationship in Laura’s life is her relationship with the triune God who transcends gender, race, and culture and made every human being in the divine image.