Gavin F. Hurley Ph.D.

Gavin F. Hurley

Office: Putnam G19

Tel: 617-796-4607


Department: Humanities


  • Ph.D. in English (Writing and Rhetoric), University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
  • M.A. in Writing Arts, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • B.A. in Philosophy, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA


  • ENG 101 Writing I
  • ENG 102: Writing II
  • PHIL 302: Ethical Reasoning


Gavin F. Hurley teaches Writing I, Writing I Workshop, Writing II, Writing II Workshop, and Ethical Reasoning at Lasell College. Dr. Hurley's scholarly writing appears in numerous essay collections including: The Contemporary Novel and the Poetics of Genre (Lexington, 2015), Does Religious Education Matter? (Routledge, 2016), and Approaching Twin Peaks: Critical Essays on the Original Series (McFarland, 2017). He has also published work in various academic journals such as the Journal of Religion and Popular CultureThe Journal of Communication and ReligionHorror Studies, and the Wisconsin English Journal. His book, The Playbook of Persuasive Reasoning: Everyday Empowerment and Likeability, is expected in 2018.

His research interests include: composition pedagogy, rhetorical theory, persuasive reasoning, horror studies, and the discourses of theology and contemplation.

What is important for your students to take away from your classes?
“Within my composition courses at Lasell College, I highlight audience awareness as well as the effective uses of rhetoric. This not only equips students with tools to successfully write within other courses at Lasell College, but also empowers students to successfully tackle any professional and personal writing task outside of the university.”

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