Leah DeAloia

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Leah DeAloia


  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. DeAloia has taught part-time at Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, and Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. As a teaching assistant, she taught at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She also taught as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu. She earned her B.A. with a major in English and a minor in secondary education, and an M.A. in English Language and Literature, both at Miami University. She was a Rackham Pre-doctoral Fellow at The University of Michigan for her research on a useful definition of "post-modernism." Her field of concentration was fiction. While at Michigan, Dr. DeAloia received first place in the Majory Rappaport Poetry Contest and first place in the essay division for the Rackham Awards. She has received several awards, including a CultureWorks first-place award for fiction, and has published a number of book reviews, essays and short stories.

Dr. DeAloia has also worked as a copywriter and creative director for several local advertising/marketing agencies and, along with the creative team, has won creative awards in all media. She enjoys hang-gliding, hiking, spelunking, ice-skating, swimming, writing, reading, and film viewing and critiquing, and engaging in thoughtful or silly conversation. She is also an avid fan of Warren Zevon, Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Counting Crows, Train, John Mayer, Joan Armintrading, Mozart, Bach, and 3 Doors Down, among other musical artists. Her favorite authors include Tom Robbins, Joyce Carol Oates, Anna Quindlen, Annie Dillard, Gary Zukov, Alfred North Whitehead, Thomas Pynchon, Vladmir Nabokov, John Gardner, and works from the Medieval period.

Faculty Perspective

The students, faculty, staff, administration, campus setting, communal culture and blend of academic study and social action of U.D. are what motivate and inspire me. I am currently working on several books: one focuses on the upside of modern humankind, one is a work of fiction - the Beowulf story as told through the eyes of Hrothgar's queen, Wealtheow; the other is an adventure/science fiction work for young adults. I recently finished a short story that will soon be submitted for publication.


  • Ph.D., English, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., English Language and Literature, Miami University
  • B.A., English, Miami University

Research Interests

  • Culture of Vikings, especially the role of women in that culture
  • Robotics, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, new physics
  • Role of media and the cult of celebrity in modern America
  • Sharks and spiders
  • Extraterrestrial life accounts

Selected Publications & Presentations


"Exploring the Interface: Post-modernism and Changing Notions of Literature," dissertation

"Here in the Complex," short story

"Worlds Enough," short story

"The Metaphysics of Junk Fishing," essay

Manual for teaching writing to recruits for a private investigation/security firm

Numerous book reviews


Numerous oral presentations to private companies and local/state government agencies