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Teaching Professor and Online Pedagogy Coordinator in English

Laurie Edwards primarily teaches Advanced Writing for the Health Professions and Writing to Heal, with particular interest in online/hybrid pedagogy, diversity and inclusion in the writing classroom, and narrative medicine.

She is a nonfiction writer and author of two books on chronic illness: Life Disrupted (Walker, 2008), a Library Journal Best Consumer Health Book, and In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America (Walker, 2013), a Booklist Editor’s Choice for 2013. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and many other outlets, and she has appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and The Today Show with Maria Shriver to discuss gender and pain.

  • Awarded the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award, Non-Tenure Track faculty, December 2016
  • Selected by WBUR as a “Best of Cognoscenti” writer, May 2015
  • Booklist’s Editor’s Choice for Adult Nonfiction, 2013 (In the Kingdom of the Sick)
  • Participant, health care reform private panel with President Bill Clinton, Clinton Foundation (2009)
  • Library Journal’s Best Consumer Health Book, 2008 (Life Disrupted)

Related Schools & Departments

  • Education

    MFA in Nonfiction Writing, Emerson College

  • Contact

  • Address

    467 Holmes Hall
    360 Huntington Avenue
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Office Hours

    Mon/Thurs, 10:30-11:30 in 467 Holmes and Fridays, 10-12, via Zoom


Course catalog
  • Students practice and reflect on writing in professional, public, and academic genres—such as literature reviews, case studies, protocols, and care instructions—relevant for careers in nursing, pharmacy, and other health professions. In a workshop setting, offers students an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of sources and develop expertise in audience analysis, critical research, peer review, and revision.