Leah Glasser

Senior Lecturer in English
Specialization: 
American literature, late nineteenth through early twentieth centuries; women writers; nature writing; women's autobiography and biography

Leah Blatt Glasser teaches courses in nineteenth- through twentieth-century American literature, women writers, biography, autobiography, and creative and expository writing. Glasser's writing seminars become workshops in which students read each other's works and learn to develop an ear for effective strategies in analytical, persuasive, and descriptive writing. She also enjoys teaching seminars in which students actively participate in discussion about literature in connection to other disciplines, such as environmental studies, women's studies, and American history. Glasser's seminars often focus on works by or about women. She encourages students to understand the context for the history of women's lives and works and to consider its relationship to their own experiences in the twenty-first century. Glasser served as dean of first-year students, senior class dean and dean of studies before returning to the English department full-time in 2016.

Her essays have been published in numerous journals, including LegacyAmerican Literary RealismMassachusetts Review, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Glasser's new book project, “A Landscape of One's Own: Nature-Writing and Women's Autobiography (1880's-1920's),” builds on her first book, exploring women's historic relationship to landscape and its influence on how they told their life stories.

Selected Publications

  • In a Closet Hidden: The Life and Work of Mary E. Wilkins Freeman (University of Massachusetts Press, 1996).
  • "She Is the One You Call Sister: Discovering Mary E. Wilkins Freeman," in Between Women ed. Ascher, DeSalvo, and Ruddick (Routledge Press, 1994).
  • Contributing Editor to The Heath Anthology of American Literature and Teaching Guidelines, Heath, 1997.

Recent Campus News

This is a picture of Suzan-Lori Parks with Mount Holyoke Senior Lecturer Leah Glasser, at the gala presentation of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award.

Suzan-Lori Parks ’85 given prestigious prize

Alumna and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks won the prestigious Steinberg Award, recognizing her artistic contributions to American theater.

Photo of the field gate

We Must Teach Students to Fail Well

In the May 1 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, MHC dean of first-year studies Leah Blatt Glasser says students who learn to fail well will ultimately succeed.

American Literature and Korean Landscape

The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives sponsored Dean Glasser's trip to Korea as part of a partnership with universities to promote faculty collaborations and intellectual exchange.