Women and Gender Studies Program

Lorrayne Carroll Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English
Lorrayne Carroll

Office Location

3B Luther Bonney Hall, Portland Campus


(207) 780-4324

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., English Literature, The Johns Hopkins University, 1996
  • M.A., English Literature, The Johns Hopkins University, 1989
  • B.A., English, University of Southern Maine, 1986


Lorrayne Carroll is Associate Professor of English and faculty in the Women and Gender Studies Program. In the Department of English, she teaches courses in Early American Studies, Native/Indigenous Studies, and Literacy Studies as well as service courses for the Department, such as College Writing, Topics in Literature, and Introduction to Literary Studies. In WGS, she teaches Introduction to WGS and several cross-listed courses, notably Earlier Women Writers and Witchcraft Studies.

Professor Carroll’s primary areas of research include Early American Studies, particularly Captivity Studies, Native/Indigenous Studies, and Witchcraft Studies. Additionally, she writes with Joseph E. Medley (USM-Economics, retired) on topics related to globalization and development. Professor Carroll also conducts research for pedagogical purposes in the fields of Literacy Studies and Civic Engagement.

Professor Carrol’s service includes a broad array of activities in collaboration with regional and national organizations engaged in literacy and humanities-based community projects.

Research Interests

Early American literature and culture, women and gender studies, literacy, and cultural studies