Laura Ciolkowski

Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Columbia University

Laura Ciolkowski, PhD is Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia.  She is also a faculty member in the Prison Education Program at the Columbia Center for Justice and teaches literature in Taconic Correctional Facility, a medium-security women’s prison in Bedford Hills, NY. She has taught in the English Department and the Women's Studies Program at Yale University, and the English Department at Wesleyan University, Barnard College and NYU. Her teaching and research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, feminist theory and gender and sexuality studies. Her work has been published in a range of journals, including: Twentieth Century LiteratureStudies in the NovelGendersNovel: A Forum on FictionPublic Books; and Victorian Literature and Culture. Her "Rape Culture Syllabus," published in Public Books, was widely shared and circulated by scholars and activists across the country. She has recently written the introductions to new editions of Charles Dickens' American Notes for General Circulation, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, and has edited a collection of the Christmas stories of Louisa May Alcott. In addition to her scholarly research, Ciolkowski is a writer and book critic whose articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker Magazine, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the International Herald Tribune, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  She received a PhD and MA in Literature from Brown University and a BA, elected to Phi Beta Kappa, in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.