Faculty & Staff

Lauren E. Rizzuto

Title: Instructor of English
Department: English, Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
Email: lauren.rizzuto@nicholls.edu
Office Phone: 985-448-4195
Dept. Phone: 985-448-4453
Office Location: Peltier Hall Room 257G



B.A., English Literature and Anthropology, University of Southern Mississippi; M.A., English Literature, Clemson University; M.A., Children’s Literature, Simmons University; Ph.D. candidate in English, Tufts University


Research Fellow at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (International Youth Library) in Munich, Germany. Project: Picturebooks and Climate Change, 2021

Dissertation Fellowship, Tufts University, 2020

Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Tufts University, 2020

Tufts English Graduate Student Travel Award, 2019

Tufts Arts, Sciences & Engineering Graduate Student Travel Fund, 2019


Lauren Rizzuto is delighted to join Nicholls as a new Instructor of English this January. She has lived in Boston for the past 10 years, where she was a Senior Lecturer of Children’s Literature at Simmons University, but for a long time she has wanted to return to her roots in Louisiana, her home state, so that she can grow where she was first planted. At Nicholls, Lauren will teach various courses in the English department’s writing program. She likes to challenge students to think more carefully about what it is they want to write before they do it–and to have the confidence to revise their work as their thinking changes. As for her own writing, Lauren’s scholarly work examines radical texts of children’s and young adult literature that grapple with environmental justice and climate change. Her most recent publication, “‘Mother Nature, She’s a Bitch’: Maternity and Ecofeminism in This One Summer,” shows how the Canadian writer/illustrator team, Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, recast Mother Nature as indifferent to humans’ wants in comics. As she teaches in and learns from the Nicholls community in the years to come, she anticipates that her future research will concern Louisiana’s fate and, in particular, food in matters of environmental action, perhaps even culminating in a course on food, writing, and environment in Louisiana at Nicholls one day.


ENGL 102 – English Composition II

ENGL 212 – Children’s Literature

ENGL 366 – Advanced Expository Writing