Lauren Coats

Lauren  Coats 

Associate Professor

Bachelor's Degree(s): University of Pennsylvania
Master's Degree: Duke University
PhD: Duke University
Phone: (225) 578-3130


Office: 229-D Allen




Lauren Coats is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab.  She researches and teaches in the fields of early and nineteenth-century American literature as well as digital humanities, with emphasis on archives, travel literature, and the environment.  Her work integrates early American literary studies with digital scholarly communications to offer new structural apparatuses for literary scholarship.  Her research portfolio thus includes traditional single-authored scholarship as well as collaborative digital humanities and scholarly communications projects.  She is completing a book project, “Archives of Discovery: Mapping North America 1728-1900,” that examines the creation, publication, and dissemination of discovery and exploration narratives. She founded and edits Archive Journal, an interdisciplinary journal on the theory and use of archives and special collection in higher education.  Working with librarian and graduate assistants from English and history, Coats directs a digital project about nineteenth-century periodicals and authorship, currently focused on The Broadway Journal, a magazine edited by Edgar A. Poe.  In addition, she has published several pieces about travel, cartography, and exploration that range in subject from Lewis & Clark to readers’ trips to Charlotte Temple’s grave to an eighteenth-century atlas factice.


Professor Coats joined the LSU English Department in the fall of 2008.  Recipient of the 2016 EGSA Graduate Faculty Award, she not only teaches classes in the English department, but also directs students for the Digital Scholarship Lab and teaches for the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.

Area of Interest

Early American Literature, Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Digital Humanities, Literature of Travel and Exploration, Environmental Literature, Theories of Geography and Space, Theories and Use of Archives

Selected Publications

“Archive.” Co-authored with Gabrielle Dean.  In Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments.  MLA, forthcoming 2016.

“Postdoctoral Pedagogy.” Co-authored with Elliott Shore.  In The Process of Discovery:

The CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Future of the Academy.  Council on Library and Information Resources, September 2015.

“National Graffiti: The Textual Lives of Lewis and Clark.”  In J19.  Fall 2015.

Editor, North Ameri[c]an Atlas.  Lehigh University Press Digital Scholarly Editions. 2010.

“Grave Matters: Susanna Rowson’s Sentimental Geographies.”  In Susanna Rowson’s Charlotte Temple, ed. Marion Rust.  Norton Critical Edition. August 2010.