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Laura Beard, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Vice President (Research), Professor, Co-Lead of Faculty of Arts "Stories of Change" Signature Area, Co-Chair, Arts Working Group for Indigenous Initiatives

Native Studies | Arts

Modern Languages and Cultural Studies

About Me

I am Associate Vice President (Research), working in the Office of the Vice President (Research and Innovation), where I work primarily with researchers from the social sciences and humanities faculties, Indigenous initiatives, and issues of equity,diversity and inclusion. In the Faculty of Arts, I co-chair the Arts Working Group on Indigenous Initiatives. I am also one of the co-leads of the Faculty of Arts Signature Area on Stories of Change.


  • PhD, Hispanic Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • M.A., Hispanic Studies, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • B.A., English, Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA


My research interests include life narratives, Inter-American literature, Indigenous literatures and cultures and contemporary Latin American women writers. I serve on the steering committee for the International Autobiography Association Chapter of the Americas and am a consulting editor for the journal a/b Autobiography Studies

One of my current research projects, entitled "Wanted: A Life Narrative in Deadwood," takes up the 1939 memoir "Pioneer Days in the Black Hills:Accurate History and Facts Related by One of the Early Day Pioneers " by John S. McClintock alongside current Days of 76 tourism events to explore how how life narrative and heritage tourism are media through which we continually play with the past, reconfigure it, and  try to make meanings out of the traces we chose to pick up from it.