Laura Kasson Fiss
- Research Assistant Professor, Pavlis Honors College
- Assistant Director of the Pathway Program, Pavlis Honors College
- Affiliated Research Assistant Professor of English Literature, Humanities
- PhD in English, Indiana University
- MA in Text and Book, University of Birmingham (UK)
- AB in English and Music, Vassar College
Dr. Laura Kasson Fiss has an interdisciplinary background in music, literary studies and history of the book. She currently pursues research in both nineteenth-century media and current higher education. One question ties together these strands of research: How can we make exclusive spaces more inclusive?
Asking not only "why is this funny" but also "what do you need to know to get this joke," Fiss provides a window into Victorian media consumption -- she even studies the window as a metaphor for the page. Her articles address Victorian humor from comic operas to children’s literature and beyond, and her current book project, Clubs for the Unclubbable: Humor and Mass Readership from Jerome K. Jerome to P.G. Wodehouse, explores the club as a metaphor for literary sociability in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century British humor.
In several collaborative groups, Fiss studies curriculum design and student success. Much of her work centers on the Pavlis Honors College and its project to re-define honors in terms of self-authorship. She also studies communication and reflection in engineering education.
Dr. Fiss currently teaches Pavlis Seminar II, in which students scope their Honors Projects and write about themselves for different audiences. She has taught a variety of writing, literature and other humanities courses at MTU and several other colleges and universities.
- Victorian literature
- Gender studies
- History of the book
- Children’s literature
- Music and performance history
- Emotion/affect studies
- Qualitative educational research
- Curriculum Development
- Lorelle A. Meadows, Mary Raber, and Laura Kasson Fiss, “Innovation and Inclusion—Applying design thinking and lean startup in the honors context,” Excellence, Innovation and Ingenuity in Honors Education, ed. Graeme Harper (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019) 79-97.
- Laura Kasson Fiss, Lorelle A. Meadows, Mary Raber, Kari B. Henquinet, and Richard Berkey, “An Educational Framework to Promote Self-Authorship in Engineering Undergraduates,” Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida, June 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32058
- Michelle E. Jarvie-Eggart, Laura Kasson Fiss, and Karla Saari Kitalong. "Exploring the Relationship Between Communication Skills and Performance in First-Year Engineering," Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida, June 2019. https://peer.asee.org/32815
- Michelle Jarvie-Eggart, Laura Kasson Fiss, and Karla Saari Kitalong, “Comparing First
Year Engineering Students’ Math and Verbal ACT scores and Performance in Introductory
Engineering and Composition Courses,” Paper presented at 2018 FYEE Conference, Glassboro, New Jersey, July 2018. https://peer.asee.org/31389
- “Out With It, as the Subeditor Said to the Novel: Wellerisms and the Humor of Excerption.” Victorian Periodicals Review, vol. 40, no. 1, 2017, pp. 228-37. Read More
- “The Idler’s Club: Humor and Sociability in the Age of New Journalism.” Victorian Periodicals Review , vol. 49, no. 3, 2016, pp. 415-30 Read More
- “Pushing at the Boundaries of the Book: Humor, Mediation and Distance in Carroll,
Thackeray, and Stevenson.”The Lion and the Unicorn 38, no. 3, 2014 pp. 258-278.
- “‘This particularly rapid, unintelligible patter’: Patter songs and the word-music
relationship.” The Cambridge Companion to Gilbert and Sullivan. Ed. David Eden and Meinhard Saremba. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009. 98-108.
- Review of Music & the British Military in the Long Nineteenth Century, by Trevor Herbert and Helen Barlow; Music and Academia in Victorian Britain, by Rosemary Golding; and Music and Institutions in Nineteenth-Century Britain, edited by Paul Rodmell. Victorian Studies, vol. 58, no. 2, 2016, pp. 356-59.