Feminist Theory Archive Collections

Syllabi and lecture notes from the Zillah Eisenstein Collection, MS.2011.022, Feminist Theory ArchiveSyllabi and lecture notes from the Zillah Eisenstein Collection, MS.2011.022, Feminist Theory ArchiveThe collections listed below are available for research. If you would like to use a collection, please contact the reference staff of the John Hay Library at [email protected] or fill out the User Registration Form to schedule an appointment.




Lindan Martín Alcoff is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College/CUNY Graduate Center. Her books and anthologies include Real Knowing: New Versions of the Coherence Theory of Knowledge, Singing in the Fire: Tales of Women in Philosophy, and Visible Identities: Race, Gender and the Self, for which she won the Frantz Fanon Prize.

This collection contains several of her publications, as well as course syllabi for Feminist Philosophy. Click here to view finding aid. 

Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist, critic, and video artist. She is Professor Emeritus in Literary Theory at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she was also Academy Professor of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-founder of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. During her teaching career, Bal taught courses on Theory and Criticism as well as World Memory, Effect and Trauma, and Sound.

Mieke Bal's papers include biographical information, correspondence, conference readers, teaching materials, drafts of manuscripts and other writings, published journal articles and newspaper columns, research material, and electronic records. The collection also includes files documenting Bal's visual art project's including "Landscapes of madness," "Madame B," "Mere Folle," and "Nothing is Missing." Click here to view finding aid.

Tani Barlow is the George and Nancy Rupp Professor of Humanities and Director of the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University. Her research focuses on East Asian women's history and gender studies, the Women's Movement in China, marriage in China, racism and sexism in mass media, and postcolonialism, among other areas.

Barlow's collection includes personal papers, such as correspondence, family histories, and diaries; professional materials, such as administrative correspondence, career development files, and conference files; teaching material, including lectures and syllabi; research; and drafts and related material regarding Barlow's publications. Click here to view finding aid.


 Sandra Lee Bartky was Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her work in philosophy of feminism appeared in Social Theory and Practice, Hypatia and in several anthologies, including Feminism and Philosophy. She authored Femininity and Domination: Studies in the Phenomenology of Oppression and co-edited Revaluing French Feminism: Essays on Difference, Agency and Culture. She was awarded both the Silver Circle Teaching Award and the UIC Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Bartky's papers are comprised of correspondence, syllabi, vita material, and letters and newsclippings documenting a debate between Bartky and Christina Hoff Sommers in the early 1990s. The materials provide insight into the development of feminist philosophy as an academic discipline and the debates within the field. Click here to view finding aid.

Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University. She is the author of Critique, Norm and Utopia: A Study of the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory, Situating the Self: Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (winner of the National Educational Association’s best book of the year award), The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah ArendtThe Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, and The Rights of Others: Aliens, Citizens and Residents, which won the Ralph Bunche award of the American Political Science Association and the North American Society for Social Philosophy award.

Her papers are primarily comprised of correspondence, administrative records, course materials, and writings. Click here to view finding aid.

Jessica Benjamin maintains a private psychotherapeutic practice in New York City and is a faculty member at NYU's Postdoctoral Psychology Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is the author of The Bonds of Love: Psychoanalysis, Feminism and the Problem of Domination; Like Objects, Love Objects;  and Shadow of the Other: Intersubjectivity and Gender in Psychoanalysis.

Her papers include notes and drafts for the book Bonds of Love and the article "A Desire of One's Own." The collection also contains notes from Benjamin's therapeutic practice. Click here to view finding aid.

Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English, Gender Studies and the Humanities at the University of Chicago. She writes and teaches on issues of intimacy and belonging in popular culture, in relation to the history and fantasy of citizenship.

 Berlant’s papers include published articles, unpublished creative-writing (poetry and prose), correspondence, conference notes, photographs, ephemera, syllabi and documents of relevance to her research and pedagogy on gender, sexuality, race and feminist theory. Click here to view finding aid. 

Jacqueline Bhabha is the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, the Director of Research at the FXB Center, Harvard School of Public Health, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School. Her writings include a coauthored book, Women's Movement: Women Under Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law, an edited volume, Asylum Law And Practice in Europe and North America, and many articles. She is currently working on issues of child migration, smuggling and trafficking, and citizenship.

The Jacqueline Bhabha papers consist of writings by Bhabha and others, along with legal briefs, case decisions, and government policies on matters relating to child trafficking, refugees, and migrants. Click here to view finding aid.

Teresa Brennan was Schmidt Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Florida Atlantic University. Her books include The Transmission of Affect; Exhausting Modernity: Ground for a New Modernity; and The Interpretation of the Flesh: Freud and Femininity.

The Teresa Brennan papers contain a broad range of materials dating between 1965 and 2002. Letters, research notes, institution building materials, syllabi, lecture notes, and manuscript drafts comprise the majority of this collection.  Click here to view finding aid.

Karen Brodkin is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California-Los Angeles. She is the author of Making Democracy Matter: Identity and Activism in Los Angeles, How Jews Became White Folks And What That Says About Race In America, Caring By The Hour: Women, Work And Organizing At Duke Medical Center (Conrad Arensberg Award, Society for the Anthropology of Work), and Sisters And Wives: The Past And Future Of Sexual Equality.

Her collection contains writings, talks, and a series of notebooks and photographs from a 1964 trip to Cuba. Click here to view finding aid.

Miriam Cooke is the Braxton Craven Distinguished Professor of Arab Cultures at Duke University.

Her collection includes unpublished translations, correspondence with contributors, and planning documents from Opening the Gates: An Anthology of Arab Feminist Writing; interviews and field notes from War’s Other Voices: Women Writers of the Lebanese Civil War; material relating to the publication of Gendering War Talk, co-edited with Angela Woollacott; and a handwritten manuscript of the novel Hayati, My Life. Click here to view finding aid. 

Mary Ann Doane is currently the Class 0f 1937 Professor of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley. Before this, she spent over thirty years on the Brown University faculty, where she taught in the department of Modern Culture and Media and served on the Executive Board of the Pembroke Center. She is the author of The Desire to Desire: The Woman's Film of the 1940sFemmes Fatales: Feminism, Film Theory, Psychoanalysis; and The Emergence of Cinematic Time: Modernity, Contingency, the Archive.

The Mary Ann Doane papers contain handwritten notes and course materials from her studies from secondary school through graduate school; drafts and copies of her articles and books; and versions of her writings delivered at lectures and conferences. Click here to view finding aid.

Ann duCille is Professor of English, Emerita at Wesleyan University. Her scholarship pertains to African-American literary and cultural studies and investigates popular culture and brand marketing, specifically the ways by which they influence perceptions of and discriminatory practices against races, genders, and identities. She rigorously interrogates concepts of self, otherness, and the American academy.

 Ann duCille's papers include personal and professional correspondence, manuscripts, dissertation proposals, awards and honors, and conference material. Click here to view finding aid.

Zillah Eisenstein is Professor of Politics at Ithaca College, where she teaches about intersections of race, gender, and class in contemporary and historical global contexts. Her published works include: Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race and War in Imperial Democracy; Against Empire: Feminisms, Race and the West; Manmade Breast Cancers; The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism; and Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism.

This collection contains a rich set of subject files Eisentein used for her research and teaching. Click here to view finding aid. 

Jean Bethke Elshtain was a political philosopher and ethicist at the University of Chicago Divinity School from 1995 until her death in 2013.

This collection concentrates on her early career, and includes research and teaching notes, article drafts, conference materials, and a set of correspondence, interviews, and notes about Christopher Lasch. Click here to view finding aid. 

Anne Fausto-Sterling is Professor emerita of Biology and Gender Studies at Brown University and author of Myths of Gender: Biological Theories about Women and Men; Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality; and Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World.

The Anne Fausto-Sterling papers contain a number of 1970s feminist publications; a collection of clippings about women, gender, and science; syllabi and lecture notes; lab notebooks; and research and drafts of various publications.  Click here to view finding aid.


Silvia Federici is an Italian feminist theorist, activist, and scholar. She has held teaching positions at several universities worldwide, including as Professor Emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University and at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Oriented around a Marxist feminist critique of capitalism, her scholarship develops from the 1960s anti-colonial movement, the civil rights movement, the student movement, and the autonomist Marxist movement. Federici is best known for co-founding the International Feminist Collective and Wages for Housework campaign, and developing new  political subjectivity and strategy that works to make visible women’s domestic and reproductive labor as the foundation of capitalism. Her work centers around questions of colonialism, capital punishment, immigration and emigration, globalization and global market inequality, food politics, elder care and capitalism, and academic freedom in Africa.

This collection documents Federici's academic career, personal life, and feminist activism. Materials include correspondence, print material, writing drafts, and photographs. Click here to view finding aid.


Jane Flax is a feminist and political theorist, scholar of psychoanalysis, and formerly Professor of Political Science at Howard University. In her scholarship, Flax reflects and writes on three important modes of contemporary Western thought: psychoanalysis, feminist theories, and postmodern philosophies. She has developed, along with other feminist theorists, feminist psychoanalysis, arguing that psychoanalysis is vital for the feminist project and that it must, like other theoretical traditions, be criticized and transformed by women, to free it from any vestige of sexism.

The collection is comprised of correspondence, course material, research, writing, and other papers dating from 1990-2015. Click here to view finding aid. 


Inderpal Grewal is Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as American Studies at Yale University. She also teaches in the Ethnicity, Race, and Migration Studies Program and the South Asian Studies Council. She is known for her prolific work on transnational feminism, cultural theory, feminist theory, and her extensive research of post-colonialism, South Asian cultural studies, mobility and modernity, nongovernmental organizations, human rights, and law and citizenship.

This collection documents Grewal’s professional life, predominantly consisting of conference material, and various lectures concerning transnationality, gender, cosmopolitanism, and identity, dating from the early 1990s to the present. Click here to view finding aid. 

Sandra G. Harding is a scholar of feminist and postcolonial theory, philosophy and science, and epistemology and a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned a PhD in Philosophy from New York University and graduated with a B.A. from Douglass College of Rutgers University.

The Sandra G. Harding papers include published and unpublished articles, publishing correspondence and contracts, subject files, conference materials, printed materials and electronic resources. Click here to view finding aid. 

Nancy C.M. Hartsock was professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. Her books include Money, Sex, and Power: Toward a Feminist Historical MaterialismThe Feminist Standpoint Revisited, and Building Feminist Theory (co-editor). 

Her papers are comprised of course material, publications by Hartsock and others, reading notes, conference materials, and correspondence. Click here to view finding aid.

Virginia Held is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate School and a scholar of the ethics of care. Held is most well known for her book “The Ethics of Care: Personal, Political, and Global” (2006) and her contributions to the field of ethics and social and political philosophy.

 The Virgian Held papers document Held's academic career and research interests of social and political philosophy, ethics, feminist philosophy, and group responsibility. Click here to view finding aid.

Jean E. Howard is the George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University where her teaching interests include Shakespeare, Tudor and Stuart drama, Early Modern poetry, modern drama, feminist and Marxist theory, and the history of feminism. Howard is also a dedicated alumna of Brown University where she served as the chair of the Pembroke Center Associates Council. The papers of Jean E. Howard include correspondence, drafts, notes, and research material relating to Howard's scholarly writings and publications. Click here to view finding aid.

Barbara Johnson was an American literary critic and scholar of deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and queer theory. She studied under Paul de Man as part of the "Yale School," a literary theory group prompted by the deconstruction philosophy of Jacques Derrida. In 1997, Johnson became Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University. She passed away in 2009.

This collection consists of Johnson's personal and professional papers and documents her personal life, academic career, research, and writing. The collection includes biographical materials, correspondence, syllabi, handwritten notes, research articles, and writing drafts, dating from 1971-2009. Click here to view finding aid. 

Claire Kahane taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1974-2000 and has been a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English at UC Berkeley. She has completed psychoanalytic training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute and has instructed at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. 

The Claire Kahane papers consist of writings, research materials, correspondence, and teaching materials related to Kahane’s positions in the English Departments of SUNY Buffalo and UC Berkeley. The materials range from 1960-2010 and span topics of feminist literary theory, psychoanalytic theory, trauma theory, and Holocaust literature. Click here to view finding aid. 

Coppélia Kahn is Professor Emerita of English at Brown University. In 1970, Kahn earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare (1981) and Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997) and has taught courses on feminist literary theory, psychoanalysis and literature, Shakespeare, Early Modern English drama, and women writers. Her current research concerns the creation of Shakespeare as a cultural icon in the 19th and early 20th centuries in discourses of race and empire. In 2009, she was president of the Shakespeare Association of America. 

 Papers consist of administrative files and course materials including syllabi, lecture notes, and readings. Click here to view finding aid.

Peggy Kamuf  is the Marion Frances Chevalier Professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The collection documents Kamuf's prfoessional carreer and scholarship in comparative literature and literary theory. Items include drafts of published articles, course lectures, and books such as The Division of Literature, or the University in Deconstruction (1997), Book of Addresses (2009), and To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida (2010). Kamuf is not only a leading translator of Helène Cixous, Jean-Luc Nancy, and Derrida’s works, but she also studies, writes, and lectures about Rousseau, Woolf, Baudelaire, and Stendhal. Click here to view finding aid.

Dorothy Ko is a cultural historian who works on gender, the body, technology and art in early modern China. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on gender and writing in China; visual and material cultures in China; and the history of the body in East Asia at Barnard College and Columbia University. She is the author of several books including "The Social Life of Inkstones: Artisans and Scholars in Early Qing China" (University of Washington Press, 2017), "Every Step a Lotus: Shoes for Bound Feet" (University of California Press, 2001), and "Cinderella's Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding" (University of California Press, 2005). In 2018, Ko became a member of the Feminist Theory Archive Board at the Pembroke Center.

The collection includes personal correspondence and photographs, but primarily documents Ko's academic career through correspondence, conference materials, syllabi, and handwritten notes dating from 1978 to 2018. Click here to view finding aid.

Carolyn Korsmeyer is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buffalo where she is a scholar of feminist philosophy, aesthetics, and emotion theory, with a special interest in the senses that have been traditionally neglected by philosophy: taste and touch. Korsmeyer received her Ph.D. from Brown University in 1972. In 1978, she began working as a professor of Philosophy at the University of Buffalo where she continues to work today as the Head of the Philosophy Department. She is also an active member of the Society for Women in Philosophy.

 Papers regard Korsmeyer’s Feminist Scholarship book project as well the Society for Women in Philosophy professional organization. Materials include book prospectus, book reviews, correspondence, and conference material. Click here to view finding aid.

Louise Lamphere is an anthropologist and feminist scholar, serving as Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus at the University of New Mexico. With a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University, Lamphere has been active in the field of American Anthropology, specifically Navajo cultures, and women's roles in the workplace and family. In 1968, Brown University hired Lamphere into the Anthropology department, where she served as the only woman and was famously denied tenure in 1974. Following that decision, Lamphere brought a class action suit against Brown University and subsequently won an out-of-court settlement that served as a model for future suits by others. "[T]he University settled the case before trial, entering in September 1977 into an historic consent decree designed 'to achieve on behalf of women full representativeness with respect to faculty employment at Brown.'"

The papers of Louise Lamphere include biographical information, professional files, correspondence, drafts of publications, teaching and research material, and files related to academic conferences. Click here to view finding aid. 

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Catherine Lutz is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. She also directs the Watson Institute's Costs of War study, an attempt to calculate the financial costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Lutz is the author or co-author of many books and articles on a range of issues, including security and militarization, gender violence, education, and transportation.

This collection dates from 1973 to 2016 and includes correspondence, conference materials, handwritten notes, clippings, and drafts documenting Lutz's research in military, war and society; automobility and inequality; and United States twentieth century history and ethnography. Click Here to view finding aid. 

Elaine Marks was the Germaine Brée Professor of French and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to her groundbreaking anthology New French Feminism, co-edited with Isabelle de Courtivron, Marks authored several important books including: Colette; Encounters with Death: An Essay on the Sensibility of Simone de Beauvoir; and Marrano as Metaphor: The Jewish Presence in French Writing.

The Elaine Marks Papers consist of correspondence, photographs, research and teaching materials, and ephemera from the period 1949-2001. The collection includes manuscripts, course syllabi, promotional materials, and correspondence related to Elaine Marks' professorial work in the fields of French literature and Women's Studies. The collection also includes extensive materials from Marks' work with the Modern Language Association. Click here to view finding aid.

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Diane Middlebrook was an American biographer, poet, and teacher. She is best known for critically acclaimed biographies of poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath (along with Plath's husband Ted Hughes) and jazz musician Billy Tipton. Her most recent project was a biography of the Roman poet Ovid that was supposed to be published in 2008. She taught for many years at Stanford University.

Her papers contain research and drafts of various book projects; teaching materials; and several scrapbooks. Click here to view finding aid.

Nancy K. Miller is a noted feminist literature scholar and memoirist who has taught at Barnard College and the City University of New York.

The Nancy K. Miller papers primarily consist of material relating to her publications, including notes, drafts, and publisher correspondence for The Heroine's Text: Readings in the French and English NovelWhat They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past, and Breathless: An American Girl in Paris. The collection also includes Miller’s graduate student work, course materials from her years as a professor, and conference material from presentations  she has given around the world. Click here to view finding aid.

Karen Newman is the Owen Walker Professor of Humanities, Professor of Comparative Literature, and Professor of English at Brown University. A nationally known scholar of Shakespeare, early modern literature, and Renaissance drama, Newman's academic interests focus on Shakespeare, early modern letters and cultures, literary theory, and gender studies. In her writing, Newman engages questions of the globalization of culture and cultural translation, representations of gender in early modern cultures and texts, and the politics of reproduction, among others. 

The papers of Karen Newman, 1966 to 2018, document her academic career and writings through correspondence and draft publications as well as research, teaching, and administrative materials. Click here to view finding aid.

Linda Nicholson is the Susan E. and William P. Stiritz Distinguished Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and History at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She is the author of Identity Before Identity Politics, The Play of Reason: From the Modern to the Postmodern, and Gender and History: The Limits of Social Theory in the Age of the Family, and editor of the Thinking Gender series for Routledge.

This collection contains materials from Nicholson's book Identity Before Identity Politics and her activities as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Click here to view finding aid.

Carole Pateman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles where her research specialty is feminist and political theory. Between 1991-1994, Pateman served as the first woman President of the International Political Science Association. She has authored nine books including Basic Income Worldwide: Horizons of Reform, and The Sexual Contract.

 The papers of Carole Pateman include correspondence, course lectures, course materials, speeches, International Political Science Association material and unpublished papers and lectures. Click here to view finding aid.

Mary Poovey is Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English, and Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge at New York University. Her research specialties include Victorian literature and culture, economic history of Great Britain, and history of financial institutions however she has also researched eighteenth-century British literature and culture, the history of literary criticism, feminist theory, and economic history.

 The papers of Mary Poovey include drafts of manuscripts and other writings, published articles, reviews of her works, course materials, Future of the City of Intellect Conference materials, research materials, and electronic files. Click here to view finding aid. 


Denise Riley is known for her ability to meld philosophy, feminism, lyric, and literary history in books of poetry and prose. Educated at Cambridge and Oxford, she is the author of several poetry collections including "Marxism for Infants" (1977), "Dry Air" (1985), and "Say Something Back" (2016), which was nominated for a Forward Prize for Best Poetry Collection. Riley's nonfiction prose includes works such as War in the Nursery: Theories of the Child and Mother (1983), 'Am I That Name?': Feminism and the Category of Women in History (1988), and The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony (2000). Her most recent book is Say Something Back (Picador, 2016).

The collection is comprised of research notebooks, loose notes, writings, and other material, which documents Riley's poetry and thinking on feminist and political theory. The Denise Riley papers date from 1970-1992. Click here to view finding aid.


 Naomi Schor was the Benjamin F. Barge Professor of French at Yale University. A founding co-editor of differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, Schor authored five books: Zola’s Crowds; Breaking the Chain: Women, Theory, and French Realist Fiction; Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine; George Sand and Idealism; and Bad Objects: Essays Popular and Unpopular.

The Naomi Schor papers span the years from 1950-2002 and consist of personal and professional correspondence, literary manuscripts, research and teaching materials, and materials from her professional activities. The collection documents Schor's career as one of the foremost scholars of French literature and critical theory and a pioneer feminist theorist of her generation. Click here to view finding aid.

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Christina Sharpe is Professor of Black cultural studies in the Department of Humanities at York University and a notable Black feminist theorist. Sharpe has published two major books, Monstrous Intimacies: Making Post-Slavery Subjects (2010) and In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (2016), which have both garnered a number of honors and nominations. Sharpe has also published numerous articles, book chapters, and essays including "Response to Jared Sexton's "Ante-Anti-Blackness: Afterthoughts" (2002) whi

ch appeared in Lateral, "Learning to Live Without Black Familia: Cherríe Moraga's Nationalist Articulations" (2003), and "The Costs of Re-membering: What's at Stake in Gayl Jones's Corregidora" (2000). Sharpe has lectured and participated in conferences around the world, and is recognized today as a leading academic in Black Feminist Theory, English literature, and Africana studies.

The collection documents Sharpe's professional life and research in racism, slavery, and feminism, consisting of correspondence, conference material, draft writings, writings by other authors, subject files, and print material, dating from 1989 to the present. Click here to view finding aid. 


Barbara Herrnstein Smith is the Braxton Craven Professor of Comparative Literature and English and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory at Duke University and Professor of English at Brown University. Smith's publications, include Poetic ClosureContingencies of ValueScandalous Knowledge: Science, Truth and the Human, and Natural Reflections: Human Cognition at the Nexus of Science and Religion.

This collection contains material from Herrnstein Smith's early career. Click here to view finding aid. 

Society for Women in Philosophy (SWIP) is a scholarly organization that works to support and promote women in philosophy. Created in the early 1970s, SWIP has expanded to many branches around the world, including in the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, the Netherlands, and Germany. The journal Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy was born out of SWIP in 1982.

The collection includes newsletters, correspondence, and conference materials, dating from 1971 to 2013 and documents the organization on international, national, and regional levels. Click here to view finding aid. 

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Hortense J. Spillers is an American literary critic, Black feminist scholar, and the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in English at Vanderbilt University. Her research addresses psychoanalysis and race; the African diaspora; African-American literature and criticism; the representation of race in literature; linguistics; Black culture; and sexuality. She is best known for her 1987 article, "Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe: An American Grammar Book," one of the most cited essays in African-American literary studies today. Spillers’ collection includes handwritten diaries, notebooks, and draft writings; personal and professional correspondence; and conference and teaching materials, dating from 1966 to 1995. Click here to view finding aid.

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg is Professor of Italian Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown University and Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women. The collection documents Stewart-Steinberg's professional life, research in poststructuralist Marxism, politics and culture in post-unification Italy, psychoanalytic theory, as well as correspondence, conference material, research journals, and a significant number of her writings. Click here to view finding aid. 

Louise A. Tilly retired as Michael E. Gellert Professor of History and Sociology at the New School for Social Research. She is the author, editor, or co-editor of nine books and fifty scholarly articles including Politics and Class in Milan, 1881–1901. She co-authored Women, Work and Family with Joan Wallach Scott in 1978.

The Louise Tilly Papers contain materials ranging from 1960 to 1998, with the bulk of materials dated between 1974 and 1995. It is arranged into six series of drafts of scholarly papers, research notes and materials, academic department administrative materials, and professional correspondence. Click here to view finding aid. 

Judith R. Walkowitz is a scholar of British and women’s history and Professor Emerita of Modern European Cultural and Social History at John Hopkins University. She is the author or editor of “Prostitution and Victorian Society” (1980), “City of Dreadful Delight” (1992), and “Nights Out” (2012), all of which explore issues of sexuality from a historical perspective. She has also published numerous scholarly articles on topics that include Jack the Ripper, feminist historiography, and the politics of prostitution.

The Judith R. Walkowitz Papers contain materials ranging from 1980 to 2014, and consists of professional papers and research materials. The collection documents Walkowitz’s writing and research interests of British nineteenth-century political culture and the cultural and social contests over sexuality. Click here to view finding aid.

Elizabeth Weed holds a Master of Arts degree (1966) and Ph.D. (1973) in French Studies from Brown University. She is the former director of the Sarah Doyle Women's Center as well as cofounder and former director of the Pembroke Center for Research and Teaching on Women, also at Brown University. She is currently an adjunct professor for the Modern Culture and Media Department at Brown, as well as a visiting scholar for the Pembroke Center. The Elizabeth Weed papers include essays, lectures, and articles from various professors and visiting academics, as well as correspondence. Click here to view finding aid.

Faith Wilding holds a degree in English from the University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts. She became a teaching assistant in the Feminist Art Program at California State University, Fresno, in 1970. While there, she participated in the month-long, ground-breaking feminist exhibition Womanhouse, held in an empty house in Los Angeles in 1972. She has worked in various media including art, video, installations, and performances, and has authored several books. Wilding taught at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago throughout her career and has served as a Pembroke Center Visiting Scholar at Brown University since 2011. She participates annually in the Pembroke Seminar where her scholarship focuses on feminist theory.

The Faith Wilding papers document Wilding's feminist theory scholarship, teaching, writing, and thoughts on feminism and art. Materials include notes, conference material, feminist print material, writings, and audiovisual material, dating form 1969-2019. Click here to view finding aid. 


Linda Williams is Professor in Film & Media and Rhetoric in the departments of Film Studies and Rhetoric at University of California, Berkeley. Williams graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A in Comparative Literature in 1969, and then earned a PhD at the University of Colorado for her dissertation subsequently published as Figures of Desire: A Theory and Analysis of Surrealist Film. Her main academic areas of interest are: film history, film genre, melodrama, pornography, feminist theory and visual culture; all with an emphasis on women, gender, race, and sexuality.

The papers of Linda Williams, 1962-2008, document her academic career through correspondence, research, teaching and conference materials.  Click here to view finding aid.


Alison Wylie is Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. She has coedited “Equity Issues for Women in Archaeology” (1994) and authored “Doing Archaeology as a Feminist” (2007). Most recently she coauthored Evidential Reasoning in Archaeology (2016).

The Alison Wylie papers include correspondence, reports, handwritten notes, clippings, and drafts, dating from 1984 – 2017 and document Wylie’s interest in archaeology from a feminist perspective, philosophy, gender equity for women professors, and social justice issues affecting women. Click here to view finding aid.

Patricia Yaeger was the Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. Her scholarship focused on English and women's studies, culture of the American south, trauma, and environmental humanities. Among her published works are "Honey-Mad Women: Emancipatory Strategies in Women's Writing" (1988), "The Geography of Identity" (1996), and "Dirt and Desire: Reconstructing Southern Women's Writing 1930-1990" (2000).

The papers of Patricia Yaeger include correspondence and career development files, course materials, talks, articles, book drafts, and subject files, dating from 1970 to 2014. Click here to view finding aid. 


Ewa Plonowska Ziarek is the Julian Park Professor of Comparative Literature athte University of Buffalo. Her collection is comprised mainly of drafts and revisions of essays, conference papers, and book chapters. Click here to view fiding aid