Dr. Laurie Rozakis

Areas of Expertise:

  • Grammar & Usage
  • Collectibles
  • Study skills
  • Publishing

Dr. Laurie Rozakis earned her PhD in English and American Literature from Stony Brook University. Her degree was granted “with distinction.” A full professor of English at Farmingdale State, Dr. Rozakis has published over 100 books and scores of articles. Her publications include scholarship, trade books, young adult books, textbooks, biographies, reference books, and articles. 

Dr. Rozakis’ unique writing style and sense of humor are the secret to her success. She can relate to the reader and empathizes with them as they try to master difficult subjects. As a result, Dr. Rozakis has written over a dozen Complete Idiot’s Guide books, which tackle challenging and important concepts in an accessible way.

Dr. Rozakis frequently lectures locally and around the nation. Recent lectures include a three-day symposium on study skills for Miami-Dade University in Miami, Florida. In addition, she is often interviewed on television as an expert on grammar and other topics. Her recent appearances include Live with Regis and Kelly (vocabulary judge for the “Word of the Day Contest” with Ben Stein moderating) The CBS Morning Show (an expert on office politics for a roundtable discussion of “Survivor”); the Maury Povich Show (expert on collectibles); Fox Good Day, New York (expert on collectibles); Metro Relationships; and Fox Personal F/X. Her career and books have been profiled in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, Time magazine and The Chicago Tribune. She is often interviewed on radio and for magazines, including National Public Radio Morning Edition, Glamour, CNN.com, SmartMoney.com, Cablevision News 10/55, and Time.

The New York Times described Dr. Laurie Rozakis as "an incredible researcher, an amazing writer" and an amazon.com reviewer praised her "uplifting and empowering attitude."



  • Essays on Louis Simpson and Alicia Ostriker for Encyclopedia of MultiethnicAmerican Literature. Greenwood Press, Emmanuel S. Nelson, ed.
  • "What is Assessment?" Prentice Hall Teacher Desk Reference.
  • "Grouping for Success: Teaching to Varied Ability Levels in the Language Arts Classroom," Prentice Hall Teacher Desk Reference.
  • The Dictionary of American Biography, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creative Writing, 2nd edition
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Research Methods
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style, 2nd edition
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to College Survival
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Interfaith Relationships
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speaking in Public with Confidence, 2nd edition
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buying and Selling Collectibles, 2nd edition
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Shakespeare
  • The McGraw-Hill Guide to the Praxis
  • Comma Sutra
  • The Scholastic Guide to Study Skills (Scholastic)


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