Ph.D. University of Iowa; Comparative Literature, 1982

M.A. University of Iowa; Comparative Literature, 1978

M.L.S. University of Southern California, Library Science,1972

Diplôme Université de Caen, France; Etudes supérieures, 1968

B.A. Montclair State College, NJ; French/English; 1969


Rutgers University-Newark

Chair, English Department, 2010 – 2016

Acting Chair, English Department, Autumn 2007 

Director, Women's Studies Program, 1989-2002

Assistant Professor, Department of English, 1989-1994 

Associate Professor, 1994 – 2009

Professor, 2009 – 

Special Assistant to the Dean, 2001-2002

University of California, Santa Cruz

Visiting Associate Professor, Women's Studies, 1994-1995

Carnegie Mellon University 

Assistant Professor, Department of English/Literary and Cultural Theory Program, 1986-1989

Wesleyan University 

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of English/Women's Studies, 1985-1986

Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for the Humanities, 1984-1985

Miami University (Ohio)

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of French and Italian, 1982-1984

University of Iowa

Instructor, Women's Studies Program, 1981,1982/Letters Program, 1980

Teaching Assistant, French and Italian, 1977, 1978, 1981

Teaching Assistant, English, 1978, 1981



An Afterlife, a novel set in the post-World War II years in a displaced persons (DP) camp in Germany and New Jersey; focuses on a couple who are Jewish concentration camp survivors remaking life and family (represented by Joelle Delbourgo Associates; publication date, October 1, 2018)

Kissing Cousins: A New Kinship Bestiary, 2008, Columbia University Press; addresses the contemporary arena of kinship across human-animal boundaries; ethics of care and negotiations of intimacy in film, literature and social life

Feminist Theory: A Reader, ed. with Wendy Kolmar, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2009; 2nd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2004; Mayfield Press, 2000; comprehensive textbook includes theory from 1792-2008

Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates:  Essays in Estrangement, University of Minnesota Press, 1995; study of dislocation and identity in travel writing, ethnic/immigrant autobiographies, and concentration camp memoirs

Feminist Utopias, University of Nebraska Press, 1989; utopian aspects of feminist fiction and theory; textual criticism of 10 French, Canadian and American novels


Women’s Studies Quarterly, special issue, Survival, co-editor with Elena Glasberg and Taylor Black, May 2016

Works in progress

Second Spring, a collection of poems

Boyhoods/Girlhood, a memoir

For the Love of Bach, a screenplay with Donna Bassin

Chapters in books

“Tomorrow Keeps on Coming,” and “Not-Yet but Right Now!” in Partial Visions:  Feminism and Utopianism in the 1970s, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015

“Revisiting The Bonds of Love,” in The Bonds of Love, Revisited, Eyal Rozmarin, ed., Routledge 2015; originally published in a special issue of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, November 2012, pp. 274-276;

“Epistemic Drift in Foucault,” in Michel Foucault  II:Critical Assessments, Barry Smart, ed. (London: Routledge, 1995)

“Feminist Theory:  The Psychoanalytic Questions” (New York: Teacher's College Press, 1995, in Transforming the Curriculum:  Essays, Syllabi and Teaching Resources from the New Jersey Project, C. Flint, E. Friedman, W. Kolmar and P. Rothenberg, eds.) 

“The Intervention Interview,” with Terry Threadgold, in The Post-Colonial Critic, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Sarah Harasym, ed. (New York:  Routledge, 1990)

“Epistemic Drift in Foucault” in Feminism and Foucault:Reflections on Resistance, Lee Quinby and Irene Diamond, eds. (Northeastern University Press, 1988) 43-58


“Remembering The Bonds of Love,” special issue of Studies in Gender and Sexuality, November 2012, pp. 274-276;

“A Bonobo’s Picnic,” The Puzzle Box, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, 2009

“Gollon’s Beings,” Being Human: Paintings by Chris Gollon, IAP Fine Art London, 2009

“Mutts are us,” posted on Columbia University Press blog at:

“Signs of Life, Questions of Survival: The End of August at the Hotel Ozone,” special issue on The Politics of Re-reading in Synthesis (University of Athens, 2009)

“Utopianism,” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition (vol. 8, 2008) 561-562

“Diane Arbus’ Shame,” Studies in Gender and Sexuality (vol. 8, no. 4 Fall 2007) 349-352

“Bycie Tam/W Polsce,” Barbarzynca (“Being There/In Poland,” in translation, special issue of Polish anthropology journal on the Holocaust 10, 2005) 59-62

“Re-reading Derrida: Afterwords 2005,” (“Derrida’s Gift” differences 16.3) 95-101

“The Porchsitter,” The New York Times (November 13, 2005) nj 25

“April’s ‘Gates’,” The New York Times (April 10, 2005) nj 21

“Of Red States, Blue States, and Journeys In-Between,” The New York Times (November 21, 2004) nj 19

“A Visit with Samuel Bak,” Tikkun (May-June 2003) 89-92

“Travelers v. Ethnics:  Discourses of Displacement,” Discourse 15, 3, (Spring 1993) 158-176

“The Lost Icon in The White Hotel” with Catherine Stearns,  Journal of the History of Sexuality (vol. 1, no. 2, July 1991) 283-295

“Ashes, Silence, Song,”  Copyright 1 (Fall 1987) 162-168

“A Fearful Fancy:  Some Reconsiderations of the Sublime,” Boundary 2 (Fall 1986/Winter 1987) 23- 32 

“Eating Her Words:  Sarah Kofman's Autobiographical Writings,” plus 3 translated texts, Sub-Stance 49 (1986) 6-14

“Roland Barthes' Secret Garden,” Studies in TwentiethCentury Literature 5, 2 (Spring 1981) 133-146

“Feminism and Deconstruction:  ‘a union forever deferred,’” Enclitic 4, 2 (Fall 1980) 70-77

Published conference proceedings

“Speculations on the Flesh” in Power, Gender, Value, Judith Genova, ed. (Academic Printing and Publishing, 1987) 69-79

“The Question of Ethics in French Feminism,” Berkshire Review 21 (1986) 22-29 


“Sweet dreams,”, April 2004

“Hospital haiku,” in Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write Their Bodies (Kent State University Press, September 2007)


“The Female Superego,” by Catherine Millot, Lacan Study Notes 4 (Spring 1985) 2-12

“The Middle Ages, The Other,” by Alexandre Leupin, Diacritics 13, 3 (Fall 1983) 22-31

Leonor Fini, by Xaviere Gauthier, (unpublished translation)


Loving Animals: Toward a New Animal Advocacy by Kathy Rudy, Hypatia special issue, “Animal Others” (forthcoming, August 2012)

“Emilie Clark, Beth Cavener Stichter, Kate Clark: Engaging the Wild,” Antennae (Autumn 2009) Review.doc

The Coming Community by Giorgio Agamben, Sub-stance 83 (1997) 125-127

Women in the Trees:  U.S. Women's Short Stories about Battering and Resistance, 1839-1996 edited by Susan Koppelman, Transformations 8, 1 (Spring 1997) 143-145

Discourses of Difference:  An Analysis of Women'sTravel Writing and Colonialism by Sara Mills, English Literature in Transition 36, 2 (1993) 242-245

The Other Side of the Story by Molly Hite, Sub-stance 70 (1993) 104-106

The Discourse of the Sublime by Peter de Bolla, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 17, 2 (1993) 383-388

Reading the Romantic Heroine by Leslie H. Rabine, Comparative Literature  41, 4 (Fall 1989) 401-403

Sexual Fiction by Maurice Charney, MMLA Bulletin 15, 2 (Fall 1982) 51-53

New French Feminisms ed. by Elaine Marks and Isabelle de Courtivron, New Women's Times Feminist Review 15 (April/May 1981) 8-9

Le Nouveau désordre amoureux by Pascal Bruckner and Alain Finkielkraut, Sub-Stance 23-24 (1979) 197-199


“Being Human–Jane Alexander’s Creatures,” Durham Town Hall, March 2009

“All that is plastic: Patricia Piccinini’s ‘Young Family,’” Durham University, February 2009, Columbia University, February 2008

“In Praise of Mixing,” University of Aberdeen, Royal Holloway College, February 2009; Durham University, University of Bergen, March 2009

“Apes ‘r Us,” University of Edmonton, November 2005

“Teaching Toni Morrison and Philip Roth: Together,” University of Lausanne, April 2005

“Blood Brothers: Kinship in Gattaca,” UCLA, and UC Berkeley, April 2003

“Mock-Man” Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, April 2002

“Women and Politics: Feminist Utopias,” Foundation for International Education, London, 

February 2002

“Remembering Linda Singer,” 10th Anniversary Memorial Lecture, Miami University (Ohio), 

April 2001

“Kissing Cousins: Kinship @ Century’s Turn,” IRW/IWL Seminar, New Brunswick, Spring 2001

“Warriors at Play: Les Guerilleres Revisited,” California State University, Fullerton, March 2000

“Autobiography in Narrative,” New Jersey Historical Society, May 1998

“Feminism, Postmodernism, Psychoanalysis” faculty development seminar, Long Island University, April 1998

"Kissing Cousins:  Bonobos in our Midst" Center for Twentieth Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, September 1997

"Authority, Identity and Shame:  John Sayles's Lone Star" University of California, Davis, 

October 1996

Twentieth Century Seminar, respondent, City University of New York, April 1996

"Travel, Seduction, Survival," University of California, Santa Cruz, February 1994

Diversity of Language Seminar, respondent, University of Pennsylvania, April 1992

"Travel as/is . . ." City College, April 1992

"Feminist Utopias Then and Now," Kearny Women's Club, March 1991

"Cultural Confrontations and the Construction of Identity" CUNY Graduate Center, October 1990

"One Without the Other:  Race, Class, Gender" Brooklyn College, September 1990

"Reproduction and its Discontents," Miami University (Ohio), April 1990

"Epistemic Drift in Foucault's Histories" Brown University, November 1985; University of Massachusetts, September 1986

"Speculations on the Flesh:  Foucault and the French Feminists" Rutgers University, March 1986

"Some Reconsiderations of the Sublime" Rhode Island College, May 1985

"Return From Nowhere:  Charlotte Delbo's Who Will Carry the Word?" Hobart and William Smith College, March 1985

"America Seen by Dos Passos and Butor" Emory University, January 1985 

"Kinship Chosen and Given:  Virginia Woolf's Families, 1915-1919" University of Minnesota; Miami University (Ohio), March 1983

"Alexandra Kollontai and Charlotte Perkins Gilman:  Socialist Feminists Worlds Apart" Stanley Foundation, Iowa, March 1982


“The Afterlives of Bodies:  Sounds, Songs, Calls,” (chair), Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Houston, November 2015

“Beyond the Stage,” a roundtable discussion, Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, Houston, November 2015

“All that is plastic . . . Patricia Piccinini’s Kinship Networks,” Macaulay Honors College, CUNY, April 2011

“HumanWorlds/Animal Worlds,” Center for Archeology, Columbia University, December 2008

“Signs of Life: Questions of Survival,” Cultural Studies Association, New York, May 2008

“Got a whole lotta love: The Proliferation of Sisters, Wives, and Mothers in Big Love,” Cultural Studies Association, New York, May 2008

“Apes ‘r Us,” Kindred Spirits, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Bloomington, September 2006

“Sex, Siblings and Six Feet Under,” Cultural Studies Association, Tucson, April 2005 

“Kissing Cousins: Kinship @ Century’s Turn,” Kinship in Europe: The Long View, Ascona, Italy, September 2002

“Feminist Utopias: Redefining Our Projects,” Toronto, November 2000;

“Monique Wittig’s Lesbian Encyclopedics,” Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, Lexington, April 2000 

“Scars and Tattoos, Hyphens and Slashes,” American Comparative Literature Association, Montreal 1999

"Keeping Men In Place:  The Films of Jim Jarmusch," Popular Culture Association, Chicago, April 1994

"Dis/locating Shame," New York Institute for the Humanities, November 1993

"Casablanca Revisited:  Caryl Phillips's The European Tribe" Narrative: An International Conference, Albany, April 1993

"Multiculturalism:  The Dialectics of Resistance and Accomodation" Modern Language Association, New York, December 1992

"Gide, Barthes, Butor:  Three French Travelers" Twentieth Century French Studies, Philadelphia, March 1992

"One Without the Other:  Race, Class, Gender"  The New Jersey Project Statewide Conference, "Changing the Subject(s)" Lincroft, November 1991 

"Travelers v. Ethnics:  Discourses of Displacement" International Association for Philosophy and Literature, Montreal, May 1991

"When Women Meet Their Others" Society of Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy, Pittsburgh, October 1989

"Voodoo and Fetish:  Zora Neale Hurston and Mary Kingsley's Travels/Researches" Society for the Study of Narrative, Columbus, April 1988

"Cross-class Romance:  Dirty Dancing" Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, March 1988

"Women in the Future," (conference) discussant, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, October 1987 

“French Feminist Theory” (panel) discussant, International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Lawrence, Kansas, May 1987

"Change and Conflict in Global Culture and Politics" (conference) discussant, Pittsburgh, March 1987

"Narrative Reminiscences in Marguerite Duras's La Maladie de la Mort (panel) discussant, Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, November 1986

"The Classroom Complex:  Psychoanalysis and Feminism"Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, November 1986

"Speculations on the Flesh:  Foucault and the French Feminists" International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Seattle, May 1986

"The Question of Ethics in French Feminism:  Simone de Beauvoir and Luce Irigaray" Amherst, January  1986 

"Striking Images in Women's Theater" (panel) chair, Modern Language Association, Chicago, December 1985

"Skyline as Liminal Space" International Association of Philosophy and Literature, New York, May 1985

"The Kinship Web:  Families in Feminist Fiction and Theory" Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, March 1985

"Imprudent Moveables:  Three French Travelers" Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University, November 1984

"Writing After the Holocaust" (panel) chair, Midwest Modern Language Association, Bloomington, November 1984

"A Fearful Fancy" International Association of Philosophy and Literature, Iowa City, May 1984

"Return From Nowhere:  Charlotte Delbo's Who Will Carry the Word? Northeast Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, April 1984

"Rage to Cosmic Rapture:  The Regenerative Vision of Hélène Cixous" (panel) discussant, Midwest Modern Language Association, Minneapolis, November 1983

"The Lost Icon in The White Hotel" with Catherine Stearns, Midwest Modern Language Association, Cincinnati, November 1982

"Privileged Moments, Private Moments" Virginia Woolf Conference, St. Paul, October 1982

"The Hystery of a Floating Signifier" Knowledge, Power, History (conference) Los Angeles, October 1981

"French Feminism:  Literature and Debate" (conference) discussant, Iowa City, February 1980

"Feminist Utopian Fiction:  Then and Now" Midwest Modern Language Association, Indianapolis, November 1979

"Power and Resistance in The History of Sexuality" Midwest Modern Language Association, Indianapolis, November 1979


“What The Wire Can Teach Us About Storytelling,” PBS News Hour, April 2016

“What’s Doing at Rutgers-Newark?” Caucus NJ, June 1997

Interview, about publication of Travelers, Immigrant, Inmates on “Meet the Author,” NJN, Fall 1995

“Single Mothers by Choice,” Pittsburgh’s Talking, May 1988

Interview, Life Without Father, (video documentary) Director, Stephanie Domike, Mon Valley Media, 1988


2016 GAIA, Internationalizing the Curriculum

2015-2016 Chancellor’s Seed Grant, Rutgers University-Newark

2012 Silberman Seminar, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

2010-2011 Bestiaries to Biocultures Seminar, CUNY Honors College

2009 Institute for Advanced Study, Durham University

2007 Hess Seminar, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

2000-2001 Faculty Scholar, IRW/IWL Seminar, Rutgers University

1996-1997 Research Council Grant, Rutgers University

1991-1992 Graduate School Research Grant, Rutgers University

1989-1990 Faculty Research Grant, Rutgers University

1987-1988 Faculty Development Grant, Carnegie Mellon University

1984-1985 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Wesleyan University

1982 Alternate, Pembroke Center for Research on Women

1981 Katherine Orne Memorial Dissertation Scholarship

1980 Finalist, Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship

1979-1980 Scholar-Fellow, Program of Comparative Literature

1976-1980 University of Iowa Teaching-Research Fellowship

1971-1972 Helen E. Haines Scholarship

1967-1968 Alliance Française Scholarship


Feminist Theory and Criticism

Narrative Theory and Genres

Twentieth Century Fiction

Travel Literature

Ethnic and Immigrant Writing

Autobiographical Writings

Literature of the Holocaust

Animal Studies

HBO’s TheWire

Trauma and Memory Studies


Rutgers University

Graduate English/Women’s and Gender Studies

Memory, History, Trauma

Feminist Theory/Queer Theory

Gender, Race and the Holocaust

Post-War European Novel

History of Feminist Thought

Introduction to Graduate Literary Study

Feminist Literary Criticism

Psychoanalysis and Feminism

Thinking Gender/Writing Feminism

Undergraduate English

Black Lives Matter: HBO’s The Wire

Street Stories:  HBO’s The Wire

Humans as Great Apes

The Ages of Women

Humans and Other Animals

Post 9/11 Novel in America

Contemporary Women Writers

Margaret Atwood and Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison and Philip Roth

Edith Wharton and Willa Cather

Feminist Utopian Writing

The Novel in America

Fictions of Gender

Immigrant Autobiographies

Cultural Confrontations

English 102

20th Century US Autobiographies

Women's Autobiographies

Women in Literature

Women’s Studies

What’s Gender Got to Do With It?

Politics of Sexuality

Feminist Theory

Introduction to Women's Studies

University of California at Santa Cruz

Seminar:  The Novels of Toni Morrison

Feminism Remakes the Family

Introduction to Feminism

Feminist Theory

Carnegie Mellon University

Discourses of Displacement

Contemporary French Feminism

Discursive Practices

Reading Texts

Wesleyan University

Rhetoric of Place in Women's Fiction

Immigrant Experience in American Fiction

Voyages of Repetition and Discovery

Feminism, the Family and the State

Feminist Theory

English Composition

Introduction to Literary Study

Miami University

Contemporary French Social Thought

Advanced French Composition

French Conversation

Intensive Intermediate French

French 101, 102, 103; 201, 202

University of Iowa

Feminist Theory

Literary Presentation of Women

Utopian Thought and Fiction

Interpretation of Literature

Narrative Literature

French 101 and 102

French Composition and Conversation


Rutgers University

Director, The Collaboratory, Chancellor’s Seed Grant, 2015

Organizer, All the Pieces Matter, lecture series, 2014

Chair, General Education Committee, 2010-2011

Planning and Budget Committee, 2009 -

University Senate, 2007-2008

Chair, Newark Faculty Council, 2007-2008

Member, Working Group on Undergraduate Education, 2007-2008

Member, Working Group 2, Undergraduate Education and the Urban Location, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 2006-2008

Chair, Courses of Study Committee, 2004-2008

Special Assistant, Dean’s Office FASN, 2002

Appointments and Promotion Committee, 2000-2001

Director, Women's Studies Program, 1989-2002

Coordinator, Project on Integration of Gender, Race and Class

Member, Graduate Faculty

Member, Women's Studies Council,

 Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Research on Women

Member, Task Force on the Arts

Member, Honors College Committee

English Department

Acting Chair, Autumn 2007

Curriculum and Budget Committee

Lecture Committee

Carnegie Mellon University

English Department

Graduate Admissions Committee

Literary and Cultural Studies Committee

Gender Studies Committee

Wesleyan University

Associate Coordinator, Women's Studies Program

University of Iowa

Comparative Literature Program

Graduate Student Committee

Lecture Committee

Women's Studies Program

Advisory Board

Lecture Committee

Women's Studies Student Association

English Department

Core Literature Steering Committee

Feminist Theory Reading Group


Project Director, Cherry Blossoms in Winter, Public Art Project, 2016

Creative Consultant, Leave No Soldier, documentary film; Director, Donna Bassin, 2007-2008

Producer, Women on the Move, film series, Newark Museum, June 1997; Rutgers-Newark, April 1998

Women, Work, Newark, 30th anniversary, Women’s Studies Program series, Fall 2000

Member, Advisory Board, Transformations

Program Committee Member, New Jersey Project National Conference

Juror, New Jersey Project, Feminist Scholarship Achievement Award

Reader, Columbia University Press, University of Nebraska Press, University of Michigan Press, University of California Press, Syracuse University Press, University of Minnesota Press, Blackwell Publishers, Duke University Press, Indiana University Press, Rutgers University Press, Southern Illinois University Press, University Press of Virginia

Reader, Women and Literature, AATF Bulletin, Utopian Studies, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, Mosaic, Transformations, Gender and Sexuality, Society and Space, Hypatia

Reader for tenure and review, University of California at Santa Cruz, University of Hawai’i, University of Louisville, University of Nevada, Duke University, SUNY Stonybrook


Stephen McNulty, “Viral Ethics:  Media, Loss, Ecology,” American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark (Chair), proposed defense, Spring 2017

Erica Tom, “Humanizing Horses, Animalizing Humans: Police and Prisoners Becoming With Horses,” American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark (Chair), proposed defense, Spring 2017

Julian Gil-Peterson, “Queer Theory is Kid Stuff:  A Genealogy of the Gay and Transgender Child, American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark (Chair), defended April 2015

Taylor Black, “Time Out of Mind:  Style and the Art of Becoming,” American Studies, Rutgers University-Newark (Chair), defended October 2014

Makiko Oku, “Shades of Life and Death: Biopolitics and Liminality of Sexuality and Gender-based Violence in Armed Conflict,” Global Affairs, Rutgers-Newark, defended September 2011

Kelly Coogan, “Feminist Scholarship: Excavating the Archive,” Women and Gender Studies, Rutgers-New Brunswick, defended September 2009

Eileen Harkness, “Era Bell Thompson: Chicago Renaissance Writer,” English, Rutgers-New Brunswick, defended March 2009

Melissa Jacques, “Tracing the Holocaust: Experiments in Late Twentieth-Century Art and Literature,” English, University of Edmonton, defended, November 2005

Nancy Gerber, “From Shadow to Substance: The Figure of the Mother-Artist in 20th Century American Fiction,”English, Rutgers-New Brunswick, defended September 1999

Ritashona Simpson, “Black Looks and Black Acts: Linguistic Choices in the Work of Toni Morrison,”English, Rutgers-New Brunswick, defended, April 1999

Jean Sieper, “The Scopic Economy of Biomedicine and the Social Relations of Health Care: Recovering Empathy with Medical Pathography ” English, Carnegie Mellon University (Chair), defended, September 1998

Research Assistant, Gayatri Spivak; Paul Hernadi

Freelance translator (French into English)

Editor/Indexer, Foreign Language Index


Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

New York City Animal Studies Group

American Comparative Literature Association

International Comparative Literature Association

Modern Language Association (Delegate Assembly, 1993-1995)

Midwest Modern Language Association, Chair, Modern Literature Section, 1984

Society for the Study of Narrative

National Women's Studies Association

International Association of Philosophy and Literature

Society for Utopian Studies

Popular Culture Association

Cultural Studies Association