Dr. Rachel R. Luckenbill

Assistant Professor of English rrluckenbill@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BA in English, Lebanon Valley College
MA in English, Villanova University
PhD in English, Duquesne University


Dr. Rachel Luckenbill joined the faculty at Southeastern University in July of 2016. She teaches courses in Native American literature, African-American literature, women’s literature and composition. She is passionate about teaching her students to imitate Christ’s engagement in cross-cultural relationships and His compassionate involvement with marginalized people.

Dr. Luckenbill’s dissertation and her current research focus on representations of Christianity in contemporary Native American literature by women. She combines grant-supported field research, including interview studies and cultural experiences, with close attention to the literary text and its historical/cultural contexts. Her interview with Cherokee novelist Diane Glancy was published in “Studies in American Indian Literatures.” She has conferenced widely on American and Native American texts. Dr. Luckenbill is an active member of the Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, the Conference on Christianity and Literature, and the Association for Studies in American Indian Literatures.

Dr. Luckenbill has also served on the faculty at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, where she was honored with the Knisely Award for Teaching.