Laura Premack is a coach and writer who spent nearly fifteen years in academia before changing course in 2019. Her longtime passions are writing and teaching — she did her PhD largely to have something to write about — and she has participated in and led writing groups across the United States.
Laura earned graduate degrees at Harvard University (EdM ’02) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (PhD ’13, MA ’07), and has held academic appointments in both the US and the UK, as a postdoctoral fellow, assistant professor (tenure-track), and permanent lecturer. While trained as an historian, she embraced an interdisciplinary approach to her scholarship, along with a focus on making her work accessible to the broader public. Her publications include peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as essays for literary journals and blogs. She is currently writing creative nonfiction.
Laura brings an extensive background in education to her work as a coach. She has taught at Lancaster University, Bowdoin College, Keene State College, and UNC-Chapel Hill, where she received consistently outstanding evaluations. Her students describe her as “engaging,” “inspiring,” “enthusiastic,” “passionate,” “fair,” and “funny.” A head of department noted her talent for guiding “lively, informed, engaging, and, at times, truly inspired,” discussion. Her work at the university level is informed by the years she spent as a schoolteacher before entering academia and her training at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and as a Teach For America corps member (Phoenix ’98).
To learn more about Laura, you can visit her website at www.laurapremack.com.