Faculty Profiles

Melissa Leonard

  • Adjunct Lecturer
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities


Dr. Leonard teaches Rhetoric 1 and 2, Arts and Humanities Foundation courses, and, at the Intermediate level, Curiosity in Literature and Lively, Literary Massachusetts. She has written on Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and extensively on the role of curiosity in Gothic novels. Professor Leonard is currently publishing her first children’s book on diversity in families (forthcoming Winter 2015-Spring 2016). She is also working on her book of creative non-fiction tentatively titled From the Kernel to the Cob, from which she has read selections at Babson’s Waterline Series and at the Fine Arts Works Center in Provincetown, MA. Professor Leonard is the editor of the poetry collection Love Me Like That by Massachusetts poet Jeanette Winthrop (forthcoming Fall 2015).

Prior to coming to Babson, Dr. Leonard taught writing and literature at Brooklyn College and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. At Brooklyn College, she was also the administrator of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Studies as well as the Service Learning program.

Professor Leonard received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in English and American Literature from New York University, and a B.A. in Sociology and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, New York University
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, Douglass College, Rutgers University

Academic Interests

English; British Literature; Composition


  • Degree Courses 2019

    • RHT 1001 RHETORIC II


  • Pinard, M. Leonard, M. Waterline Reading Series, Wellesley, MA (2014)