Amy Lauters, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Address: 126 Nelson Hall (NH 126)
Phone: 507-389-5523


  • Ph.D. in Mass Communication, University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • B.A. in Print Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Amy Mattson Lauters earned her bachelor’s degree in print journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, her master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her doctorate in mass communication, minoring in American Studies, from the University of Minnesota. A former print journalist and freelance web designer, Lauters continues to freelance occasionally and is the editor or author of three books: Navigating Visual Culture (2017), More than a Farmer’s Wife: Voices of American Farm Women 1910-1960 (2009), and The Rediscovered Writings of Rose Wilder Lane, Literary Journalist (2007). Lauters is internationally known as an expert on Laura Ingalls Wilder and Rose Wilder Lane.

Recent Publications:
Paulette Kilmer, Carolyn Kitch, Amy Lauters, and Jane Marcellus. “Using Theory in History.” (2018) Historiography in Mass Communication 4:5.

Amy Lauters. Navigating Visual Culture: Theoretical Perspectives on Visual Media. (2017) New York: Cognella Publishing.

Amy Mattson Lauters. “’Raise a Loud Yell’: Rose Wilder Lane, Working Writer.” in Pioneer Girl Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder, (2017) Nancy Tystad Koupal, editor. Pierre, S.D.: South Dakota Historical Society Press.

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