Laura Hunt Hume

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Laura Hunt Hume

Associate Professor; Director of Prelaw Program

  • Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Hume teaches courses in English, medieval and early modern history, as well as "The West In the World" in the Humanities Base and a variety of seminars for majors. She came to the University of Dayton in 1989. She was one of the inaugural University of Dayton Humanities Fellows appointed for the 2001-2003 term, and continues working in award-winning curriculum development both within the College of Arts and Sciences and with the School of Education and Applied Professions. She has also team-taught several courses, including an innovative interdisciplinary course called "Shakespeare's Worlds," which she developed with Bro. Alex Tuss of UD's English department. Dr. Hume has initiated or participated in a number of outreach programs to area schools, including bringing history to "life" in the classrooms through first-person historical character presentations, and has given invited papers and presentations in the United States and Europe. Dr. Hume is a past assistant dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and became director of the Prelaw Program in 2010.

Faculty Perspective

I have spent my career seeking to bring students to an awareness of the real, ongoing impact history has had and continues to have on their lives. I firmly believe and teach that historical understanding provides the perspective, critical analytical skills, and values necessary to function as thoughtful and productive contributors to society. This is one of the fundamentals I work to pass on to future teachers.

Moreover, whether in my classroom or beyond the boundaries of the University, I try to pass on to people my love for the color and drama of the past. My own personal fascination with it has led me to examine peoples in England and their relationships with their society as well as their material culture, the way they lived their daily lives.


  • Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1993

Research Interests

  • Early modern England
  • Immigration, governmental policies and structures
  • Material culture

Selected Publications

Strangers settled here among us: Policies, perceptions and the presence of aliens in Elizabethan England. Routledge, 1996.