Coordinator, The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program 

Office Hours:
M/W 12:30-2:00 PM

Courses Fall 2018: 
ENG 369: Feminist Literary Theory
ENG 410: Advanced Studies in Author: Louise Erdich

Contemporary American Literature, Women's Literature, Feminist Theory, Body Studies, Motherhood Studies, and Reproductive Justice

Ph.D., American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University
M.A., English, University of Vermont
B.A., French and English, University of Vermont

Research & Publications

Work in Progress:
“Bad Mothers and Staunch Feminists: Selective Abortion in Mommy-Memoirs by Waldman and Beck” (under review)

“’Time Passes. That’s For Sure’: Feminist Grand-mothering and Neoliberalism in Grandma and Becoming Grandma” (under review)

“The Mommy Memoir” The Big Book of Microgenres. Eds. Molly O’Donnell and Anne Stevens (in progress)

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous: The Politics of Reproduction in the Age of Neoliberalism (edited volume) co-edited with Modhumita Roy (under review)

“Pit Bulls, Hurricanes, and Teen Pregnancies: Precarity and Disasters in Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones” (in Mad, Bad, and Dangerous)

Thinking Back Through Our Mothers: Abortion in 21st Century American Women’s Narrative examination of film, memoir, and fiction in the post-Roe v. Wade era (monograph in progress)

Refereed Articles and Chapters in Collections
“Believing is Seeing is Believing: Elective Abortion and Visual Closure.”  Interrogating Reproductive Loss: Feminist Writings on Abortion, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth. Eds. Emily R.M. Lind & Angie Deveau. Toronto, Ontario: Demeter Press, 2017. 61-74.

 “When Chickens Come Home to Signify in Our Mothers’ Gardens: Alice Walker’s The Chicken Chronicles and Rebecca Walker’s Baby LoveNew Maternalisms: Tales of Motherwork (Dislodging the Unthinkable). Eds. Roksana Badruddoja and Maki Motapanyane. Toronto, ON: Demeter Press, 2016. 180-96.

Impossible Motherhood: Irene Vilar’s Misconceived Metaphors.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies 35.1 (2014): 132-59.

 “Learn Something From This! The Problem of Optional Ethnicity in America’s Next Top Model.” Feminist Media Studies 10:3 (Sept. 2010): 335-52.

 “Juno or Just Another Girl? Young Breeders and a New Century of Racial Politics of Motherhood.” In Motherhood at the 21st Century: Policy, Experience, Identity, Agency. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. 171-84.

“Third Wave Feminism and The Politics of Motherhood.”  Genders 43 (Spring 2006): 40 pars. Reprinted with new introduction as “Third Wave Feminism and The Politics of Motherhood” Genders 1:2 (2016). Web.

"The Construction of Public Health in the FDA Hearings on Silicone Breast Implants," in Body Talk: Rhetoric, Technology, and Reproduction. Eds Claire Gavon, L. Gurak, M. Lay and C. Mynti. Chicago: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000. 262-276.

Reference Work Entries
The Round House” and “Grandma.” Entries in Women’s Rights: Reflections in Popular Culture. Ed. Ann M. Savage. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishing, 2017.

“Mothers in Media.” In Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Ed. Andrea O’Reilly. Sage Press, 2010. 2:746-50.

"Janice Radway" and "Joanna Russ."  Entries in Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory.  Ed.  Beth Kowaleski-Wallace.  New York: Garland, 1997.  335 and 357.

Recent Conference Presentations:

“Mother-Daughter Memoirs and Queer Temporality: Adrienne Rich's Influence on Cheryl Strayed, Terry Tempest Williams, and Alison Bechdel.” Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Conference. Denver, CO. November 2018.

“Reproductive Justice in African American Women’s Novels: Ward’s Salvage the Bones and Bennett’s The Mothers.” NWSA Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 16-19, 2017.

“Misogynoir and the Good Abortion: Reproductive Justice and Contemporary Film.” NWSA Annual Conference. Baltimore, MD. November 16-19, 2017.

“Resisting the Corrosion of Feminist Solidarity: The Chicken Chronicles and Womanism” ASLE Annual Conference. Detroit, MI. June 20-24, 2017.

 “’Something more simple and more complicated’: Kincaid and Vilar’s Mothers, Daughters, and Colonial Biopolitics” NWSA Conference. Montreal, Quebec. November 10-13, 2016.

“I used to live in this world”: Tyler Perry’s Problematic Representations of Abortion.” NWSA Conference. Montreal, Quebec. November 10-13, 2016.

“Genetic Abortion in Mommy-Memoirs by Waldman and Beck.” Gender, Bodies, and Technologies Conference. Virginia Tech. Roanoke, VA. April 2016.



The President’s Purple Star Award (2017)

College of Arts and Letters Summer Research Grant (2017)

Office of International Programs Development Grant (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2004)

JMU-Teach Faculty Mentor (Jaemin Yoo) “Unmasking the Batman” (2013-14)

Innovative Diversity Efforts Award (IDEA) Grant (2010-11)

Madison Teaching Fellow, “Gender in the Academy” (JMU 2009-2010)

Faculty Summer Institute for Online Course Development (2007)

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