Sonya Lawson-Salmasi

Sonya Lawson-Salmasi

Sonya Lawson-Salmasi

Senior Lecturer


503 Denney Hall
Columbus campus

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Areas of Expertise

  • Long eighteenth-century literature
  • Early American literature
  • Captivity studies
  • Women's, gender and sexuality studies
  • Speech act theory


  • PhD, Miami University, 2012
  • MA, University of Louisville, 2007
  • BA, Lindsey Wilson College, 2004



Sonya Lawson-Salmasi specializes in long eighteenth-century transatlantic literature, captivity studies, gender studies, speech act theory and literature and writing pedagogy. She has taught classes in the Department of English at Ohio State for four years. Her first year writing courses focus on crime and punishment in American popular culture (1110.01) or horror and fear in literature (1110.02). While the majority of her teaching is in the First-Year Writing Program, she has also taught ENG 3372: Special Topics in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature and ENG 4592: Special Topics in Women in Literature and Culture.

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