Jennifer E. Maher
Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies
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Ph.D. in English and Modern Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. Maher completed a Ph.D. in English and Modern Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she worked previously as a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching courses in Popular Culture, American Women's Literature, Third Wave Feminism, and Gender and the Body. Her most recent published research focused on the pedagogy and rhetoric of the feminist anti-pornography movement and was published in Sexing the Look in Popular Visual Culture (Cambridge Scholars, 2010). She has also published fiction and memoir in a variety of venues, including two Seal Press anthologies, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships and Young Wives’ Tales. The latter essay was praised by The Women’s Review of Books as one of the best essays in the collection, “addressing the conundrum of identity politics and love head-on.” Maher has frequently contributed to the thoroughly awesome magazine, Bitch: A Feminist Response to Popular Culture and her essay “Hot for Teacher: On the Erotics of Pedagogy” was featured in the collection Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism, praised by critics as disparate as Robin Morgan and Margaret Cho.
At Indiana University, Dr. Maher's area of expertise covers gender and popular culture; second and third wave feminism; gender and modern memoir, and feminist history/theory. She directs the Study Abroad Program in gender and social policy at The University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is working on larger projects on the gender and representation of the teacher-student relationship in popular culture, as well as assisted reproductive technology and the (hetero)familial narrative in American film.