I teach at Carleton College, Minnesota, where I direct the Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe program (WGSE). Before coming to Carleton in 2016, I taught at Antioch College and University in Yellow Springs, OH.
As for my research interests, I am particularly passionate about feminist and queer theory, Eastern European feminisms, and post-colonial feminisms, and I am a scholar of British literature as well.
Much of my published research has focused on transnational gender issues – in the context of both nineteenth-century and the present-day world. My first book, The New Woman and the Empire (OSUP, 2005), examines the intersections of gender, race and colonial issues in the work of British New Woman writers and actresses. In 2016, my co-edited book Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe was published by Indiana University Press. And I have also published numerous academic articles on European women writers, actresses and film directors.
Most recently (2018-2019) I worked on an oral history project about the U Opavice housing coop and neighborhood in Opava, the Czech Republic, where I was born and raised and where my parents still live. On this project, which was funded through Carleton’s Public Works Mellon grant, I collaborated with the celebrated Czech documentary photographer Jindrich Štreit. We developed a website, published a book and organized a photo exhibition and public discussion about socialist housing coops. Working on this project, which took me back to my childhood neighborhood and community, was extraordinarily rewarding.
In my free time, I love to travel with my husband Dan or with friends.