Leah DeAloia


Full-Time Faculty


Email: Leah DeAloia
Phone: 937-229-3614

HM 242


Dr. DeAloia has taught writing and literature courses at the University of Dayton for over a decade.  As a full-time lecturer at U.D., she has presented papers at various conferences on modern and  post-modern literature and popular media, and has been awarded grants to develop CAP and online courses for the University. She serves on a number of civic and academic committees and advisory boards. Outside academia, she writes fiction and non-fiction for a variety of venues.

Previous teaching experience includes literature, writing, and business communication courses at Sinclair Community College and Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio; Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and University of Hawaii, Honolulu.  Her field of concentration was fiction. 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.

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.


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

Research Interests

  • Learning in blended language-learner communities
  • Appalachian literature and culture
  • Heroes and monsters
  • Robotics, genetic engineering, nanotechnology, new physics
  • Culture of Vikings, especially the role of women in that culture

Selected Publications and Presentations


“Landscapes of Alienation: Shelley’s Frankenstein and Gardner’s Grendel." Paper presented at Science Fiction Research Association Conference: “Urban Apocalypse, Urban Renaissance.”

“What Would Gibbs Do? Familial Transferences and the Outlaw Within in Television Crime Drama.” Paper presented at SISSI Conference: “The Outlaw” paper.

"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.