Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg Appointed Director of the Pembroke Center

December 16, 2013

The Pembroke Center is pleased to announce that Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg, Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies, has been appointed director of the Pembroke Center as of July 1, 2014. Stewart-Steinberg has been a member of the Center’s faculty advisory board since 2007, directed the Center’s Gender and Sexuality Studies concentration from 2007-2010, and served as interim director of the Center during the 2010-11 academic year. Stewart-Steinberg was the Chesler-Mallow Senior Faculty Research Fellow and led the Pembroke Seminar, “The Question of Consent,” in 2011-12.

Stewart-Steinberg received her B.A. from the University of Essex, Great Britain, her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, and M.A. in German Studies from Cornell University. After teaching at Cornell University, she came to Brown in 2005. Her book Sublime Surrender: Male Masochism at the Fin-de-Siecle was published by Cornell University Press in 1998. Her second book on the construction of modern Italian identity in the post-Unification period entitled The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians (1860-1930) was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2007. The book was awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Best Manuscript in Italian Studies by the Modern Language Association. In Italy it was published to critical acclaim as L'effetto Pinocchio by Elliot Edizioni in October 2011. Her third book, Impious Fidelity: Anna Freud, Psychoanalysis, Politics, was published by Cornell University Press in 2012. She is currently working on a manuscript, with the working title: "A History of Italian Repression: Sexuality, Psychoanalysis and the War Against Memory."

Since coming to Brown, Stewart-Steinberg has served on the University Resources Committee, the Graduate Council, and the Tenure, Promotions and Appointments Committee. She directed graduate studies in Italian Studies and will continue her work as advisor to first-year and sophomore students, and as a Randall Advisor.

Stewart-Steinberg will succeed Kay B. Warren, the Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. ’32 Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology, who has served as director since 2011 and advanced the Center's work across the humanities and social sciences. Warren’s signature accomplishment as director was the creation of the Center’s seed grant program for faculty research, launched in 2012. She directed the Pembroke Seminar, “Markets and Bodies in Transnational Perspective” in 2009-10. Warren now turns to finishing her book Criminalizing Human Traffickers, Not the Victims:  Legal Norms, Criminal Prosecutions, and Prevention in Global Perspective.