Laura D'Amore

Laura D'Amore, Ph.D.Associate Professor of American Studies

Contact Information

X3171ldamore@rwu.eduGHH 212Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

American culture, gender and sexuality, race, feminism, popular culture


Ph.D. Boston University

Laura Mattoon D’Amore is Associate Professor of American Studies, and has taught at RWU since 2009.  She received her Ph.D. in American and New England Studies from Boston University, with a dissertation titled “American Supermom: Feminism, Motherhood, and the Superheroine Since 1962.” Dr. D’Amore’s expertise is in the representation of gender and sexuality in American culture and feminism.  She is highly involved in her field, serving as Area Chair at the Film and History national conference for several years; presenting scholarly papers regularly at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association and National Women’s Studies Association conferences; and serving as chair of the conference committee for “The Equal Rights Amendment in the 21st Century,” held at RWU in November 2013. Her books include Bound by Love: Familial Bonding in Film and Television (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009); We Are What We Remember: The American Past Through Commemoration(co-edited with Jeffrey Lee Meriwether, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), and Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014). Additionally, she is author of several articles, and reviews on topics such as fairy tale and super heroines, violence and feminism, historical memory, gender representation in film, television, and comics, and representations of motherhood in American culture. Look out for her forthcoming article, Vigilante Feminism: Revising Abduction, Trauma, and Assault in Fairy Tale Revisions” (Marvels & Tales Issue 31.2 (2017)).

Dr. D'Amore teaches:

  • Approaches to the Study of American Society and Culture
  • American Studies Research Methods
  • Girl Culture
  • Masculinities in American Culture
  • Women's Lives in America
  • LGBTQ Lives in America
  • Fairy Tales and Feminism in American Culture
  • Comics in American Culture
  • Race, Gender and Hate Speech in American Culture
  • Super/heroines in American Popular Culture
  • Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies Senior Capstone

Listen here for a podcast interview about her book, Smart Chicks on Screen: Representing Women's Intellect in Film and Television (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).

Read about Dr. D'Amore's research in "Supermom: An Origin Story" at BackStory radio, and in "Laura Mattoon D'Amore Explores Feminism in Today's Media" in The Bay.