Faculty Biographies

Laura Runge

Laura Runge

Professor of English


Office: TBA
Phone: 813-974-9496
Email: runge@usf.edu



I specialize in Restoration and eighteenth-century British Literature, women authors, book history, and digital humanities. My intellectual home is the late seventeenth century, and my analytic focus is historical, intersectional, and feminist with a particular interest in form, nonfictional prose (such as letters and essays), criticism, and archival work. I am the author or editor of seven books, multiple articles, book chapters, essays, digital projects, and reviews. I have completed a new book, slated for publication with Anthem Press in February 2023, called Quantitative Literary Analysis of the Works of Aphra Behn: Words of Passion. Building upon my concordance work on Aphra Behn’s corpus, I am researching her engagement with Baroque music.

I am a founding editor for the online open-access journal ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830. Sponsored by the Aphra Behn Society and hosted by USF Libraries Digital Commons, this unique journal dedicated to feminist and intersectional practice publishes twice a year and has been in publication since 2010. It is particularly supportive of emerging scholars.

You can find many of my articles in the Scholar Commons USF Faculty Publications or on Academia.edu


  • “Eliza Haywood's Digital Humanity, or EH in DH: An Overview.” In Tiffany Potter (ed). MLA Approaches to Teaching Eliza Haywood. New York: MLA, 2020: 185-195.
  • Circuit of Apollo: Eighteenth-century Women’s Tributes to Women, co-edited with Jessica L. Cook, University of Delaware Press, 2019.
  • “Austen and Computation 2.0,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, special issue: What’s Next for Jane Austen, ed. Janine Barchas and Devoney Looser, December 2019: 397-415.
  • "Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age: An Interview with Gillian Wright and Alan Hogarth," ABO, vol.8, issue 2 (Fall 2018).
  • “Constructing Place in Oroonoko.” Gender and Space in Britain, 1660-1820. Ed. Karen Gevirtz and Mona Narain. Farnham: Ashgate, 2014. 19-32. Winner of the 2015 Percy G. Adams prize from the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-century Studies.
  • “Tracing a Genealogy of Oroonoko Editions.” Essays and Studies, special volume “British Literature and Print Culture,” ed. Sandro Jung, for the English Association, vol. 66 (2013): 5-32.
  • Gender and Language in British Literary Criticism, 1660-1790, Cambridge UP, Dec. 1997. Released in paperback (ISBN 13 978 0 521 02145 6) October 2005.


  • PhD, Emory University (English with certificate in Women’s Studies)