Having completed her PhD at Louisiana State University, Lucinda Cole came to USM's Department of English in 1989. Her original field of study--feminist theory and early modern literature--has expanded over the years to include the history of science and the interdisciplinary work variously identified as "Animal Studies," or "Human-Animal Studies." Recent publications include a special issue of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation entitled "Animal, All Too Animal," articles on seventeenth-century science in The Routledge Companion to Literature and Science and The Blackwell Companion to English Literature, and an essay on rats, witches, climate, and early modern theories of contagion. Her book-in-progresss (under contract with Michigan University Press) is entitled 'Imperfect Creatures': Vermin, Literature and the Sciences of Life, 1550-1700.
Within the program, Lucinda teaches feminist theories, earlier women writers, and a new course on species, sex, gender, and science fiction.