Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez
Expertise: gender and women’s studies
Dr. Browdy de Hernandez’s areas of scholarly research include world literature by women, women’s activism and global feminisms, feminist, queer and postcolonial theory, and media studies, especially alternative media. She has presented papers and been invited to speak at many venues, including the Modern Language Association, the National Women’s Studies Association, the Northeast Modern Language Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, Princeton University, Rutgers University, SUNY New Paltz, the University at Albany/SUNY, Southern Connecticut State University, Middlebury College, and various women’s organizations and radio programs on NPR affiliates and other stations around the country. Dr. Browdy de Hernandez’s many published articles focus on the intersection of poetics and politics in literature. They include essays in the following collections: Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color (University of Illinois Press, 1998), Interventions: Feminist Dialogues on Third World Women’s Literature and Film (Garland, 1997), Memory and Cultural Politics in American Ethnic Fiction (Northeastern University Press, 1996). Dr. Browdy de Hernandez has also appeared on radio programs on NPR affiliates and other stations around the country. Her anthology, entitled Women, Writing, and Resistance in Latin America and the Caribbean, was published by South End Press in 2004, went into its second edition in 2006, and is used in many college courses across the country. She is currently co-editing the next volume in the series, Women Writing Resistance in Africa & the African Diaspora, with three colleagues, including Simon’s Rock alumna Omotayo Jolaosho and Simon’s Rock staff member Pauline Dongala. She is cochair of the International Task Force of the National Women’s Studies Association, a founding board member and Vice President for Programs since 2002 of the Berkshire Chapter of UNIFEM (The United Nations Development Fund for Women), and served two years on the national board of the U.S. Committee for UNIFEM. She has organized annual conferences in observance of International Women’s Day at Simon’s Rock since 2002, which have grown in size and scope each year. Before coming to Simon’s Rock, she taught at New York University, and since 2002 she has been a lecturer on the faculty at the University at Albany, SUNY, teaching an interdisciplinary, team-taught, year-long first-year seminar course in the Project Renaissance program. BA, magna cum laude, Simon’s Rock College of Bard; MA, PhD, New York University.