Rhona Trauvitch

Associate Teaching Professor


Office: DM 458B

Phone: 305-348-3945

Email: rhona.trauvitch@fiu.edu

Dr. Trauvitch specializes in literary STEM, focusing on intersections of literature and science--those that manifest in science fiction, and those that enable fiction-science (or, 'fi-sci') pattern mapping.  In her research and teaching she aims to show that fictionality has the rhetorical power to make science more accessible to the public. She directs FIU's Science & Fiction Lab, recipient of a 2023 Humanities Initiatives award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.


  • Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.Sc. Social and Public Communication, The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • B.A. Government, Smith College

New and Regular Courses

  • ENG 3072 Literary Theory in Multimedial Popular Culture
  • IDH 3034 Quantum Narratology and Other Curiosities: Intersections of Science and Storytelling
  • IDH 3034 Westworld: A Story of Fungibility
  • LIT 1000 Introduction to Literature
  • LIT 3023 Around the World in Short Stories
  • LIT 3313 Science Fiction
  • LIT 3325 Literary Archetypes in Moving Images
  • LIT 3343 Short Stories of Horror and the Weird
  • LIT 3703 Studies in Metaphor
  • LIT 3930 Special Topics: Latinx Speculative Fiction
  • LIT 3930 Special Topics: The Library of Borges
  • LIT 5934 Special Topics: Water and Memory