Lauren Hartle, Ph.D.

Azusa Pacific – B.A.
Claremont Graduate University – M.A., Ph.D.

Professional focus: My background is in American Studies with a focus in literature. I teach The American Idea and electives that run the gamut, including Ethics & Modern Global Affairs, World Literature, The Cold War Era, Creative Writing. I will be teaching Existentialism and American Crime & Punishment in the upcoming school year. I also meet with students for academic support. I am currently serving as interim chair of the Humanities Department/English.

Scholarly or professional activities: I just completed by Ph.D. in American literature and am working on turning my dissertation into a book. My research centered on reading Las Vegas as a (the!) nuclear site for the United States.

Years as an educator: Five; I’ve been a full-time faculty member at Webb for two years, but previously served the campus as a long-term substitute and academic support instructor.

Grew up: San Diego

Live on campus: Yes

Favorite spot at Webb: Under the Magnolia trees by the Alf Museum

Favorite music or musician: Hammond Organ

Favorite book or author: Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

Favorite TV show or movie: Funny Face

Saturday routine: Being as functionally useless as possible. Usually, walking my dog, Otto, doing things around the house and probably going out grocery shopping even when I have no need to do so.