Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies main office and building are closed effective 10 Sep, 2020 until further notice. The GWS office can be reached by voicemail at 520-621-7338 or by email at SBS-GWS@email.arizona.edu.

We at the Department of Gender and Women's Studies stand with UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies to “vehemently oppose the continued attack on transgender rights. We stand in solidarity with our trans* family, friends, colleagues, and community and are committed to support movement toward inclusive education in Arizona, which encompasses trans* peoples’ right to participate in sports and athletic teams.”

Susan H Aiken Ph.D.

About Susan H Aiken Ph.D.

Susan Hardy Aiken (Ph.D., Duke University, 1971), University Distinguished Professor of English, teaches and writes in the fields of nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American literature and culture, women and literature, gender theory, and poetry. One of the founding members of the Women’s Studies Program (now the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies), she has received many teaching awards and honors as well as numerous research grants, including fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.  An internationally recognized scholar, she has authored numerous articles and book chapters and has published four books: Isak Dinesen and the Engendering of Narrative (University of Chicago Press, 1990),   Dialogues/Dialogi: Literary and Cultural Exchanges Between (Ex)Soviet and American Women (Duke University Press, 1994), and the interdisciplinary co-edited collections Changing Our Minds: Feminist Transformations of Knowledge (SUNY Press, 1988), sponsored by NEH, and Making Worlds: Gender, Metaphor, Materiality (U. of Arizona Press, 1998),  sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2006 she was honored as one of the "Feminists Who Changed America." She is currently completing an archivally-based book on antebellum plantation culture, masculine identity, and slavery, The Creation of a Southern Planter.

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Susan H Aiken Ph.D.
Professor for Department of English, Emerita