Associate Professor
Areas of Interest: 18th-century literature, legal history, theater, place-based studies, historical fiction
Office:Basil 109
Phone:(585) 385-7397
Melissa Bissonette

Ph.D., City University of New York
B.A., Union College

Dr. Bissonette teaches a range of courses, including surveys in English literature, seminars on Jane Austen, YA literature, and theater. She also teaches writing courses, including Legal Writing, which is a requirement in the Legal Studies Program and is part of the Public and Professional Writing certificate. Her scholarship focuses on eighteenth-century theatrical writing as an intersection of popular and literary forms. She also writes fiction based on lesser-known historical figures in the legal and courtly world of England in the 16th and 17th centuries.

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