Louis Di Leo, J.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English

I aim to promote students’ active engagement with texts and with the world in which they live by supplying them with the tools to write well and with the critical-thinking skills to see what’s around them in new ways. By making us conscious of the world, writing is an inherently political action; its study and exploration tender the thing all great arts advance—truth. Education, as Earl Warren noted, is "the very foundation of good citizenship.

- Louis Di Leo

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Dr. Di Leo is foremost a teacher, but is also a writer, and an attorney in New Jersey, where he spends time during the summer. He earned his B.A. from Hartwick College, his M.F.A. from the University of Southern Maine, his J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law, and his Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. As a student, he studied abroad often, traveling to Spain to study art history, to England to study theater, to Ireland to study creative writing, and to Grand Cayman to study international and Caribbean law under the Hon. Patrick Robinson of the World Court. In addition to fiction and nonfiction writing, his teaching and research interests include legal discourse, Caribbean literature, environmental advocacy, and English composition.


Ph.D., English, University of Southern Mississippi
J.D., Law, Florida Coastal School of Law
M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Southern Maine
B.A., English, Philosophy minor, Hartwick College

Honors and Awards

Finalist, Canute A. Brodhurst Prize for Best Short Fiction, The Caribbean Writer, 2016
Notable Essay listing for “The Polar Bear Ethic” in The Best American Essays 2015
Bahr Graduate Research Award, University of Southern Mississippi, 2015
Professional Travel Grant, Southern Miss English Graduate Organization, 2014
Graduate Assistantship, University of Southern Mississippi, 2012–2015
Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, 2014
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (top 10% of graduate students), 2013
Environmental Law Certificate, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2012
Excellence Award for Law and Religion, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2012
Excellence Award for Administrative Law, Florida Coastal School of Law, 2011
Caribbean Law Certificate, American & Caribbean Law Initiative, 2011
Certificate of ESL Tutor-Training Completion, ProLiteracy America, 2009

Publications and Exhibitions

“The Polar Bear Ethic: From the Reactionary Trend in Environmental Lawmaking Publications to the Climate-Change Imperative,” Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation 28.3 (Spring 2014): 347–84.
“Kevin Young’s Careful Rebellion: An Analysis of ‘Correspondence’ from Ardency,” Synergy 3.1 (Spring 2013): 63–70.
“The Devil and the Bad-Man Theory: Ambrose Bierce, Legal Realism, and the Quarrel with Abstraction,” Under consideration at Law, Culture and the Humanities Journal.

Creative Publications

"The Loathsome Life of Baba Lutwa." Nthanda Review, 22 Dec. 2018.

"As Long as Styrofoam Lasts." Entropy, 6 Sept. 2018, www.entropymag.org/as-long-as-styrofoam-lasts/

“An Ocean Holds My Story,” The Caribbean Writer (Fall 2016). Print.
“Res Ipsa Loquitur,” Welter (Winter 2015): 114–18. Print.
“Bats Swooped Over Black Mouth,” Stonecoast Lines (Summer 2010): 35–42. Print.