Dean of Studies at Bard High School Early College
Elizabeth Blodgett Hall Chair in Literature
Expertise: Early college; gender studies; literature
Elizabeth Blodgett Hall Chair in Literature. Dr. Sharpe served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Simon’s Rock from 1993-2005; in 2001-02 and 2002-03, she also served as Dean of Studies at Bard High School Early College, a collaboration between Bard and the New York City Board of Education designed to offer inner-city public school students a nonresidential academic experience informed by Simon’s Rock’s vision and tradition. Dr. Sharpe’s articles are included in the books Time for Change: New Visions for High School (2006), New Research on Women and Sex Roles (Center for Continuing Education of Women Publications, 1976), Anthropology and Literature (University of Illinois Press, 1993), Gender and Scientific Authority (University of Chicago Press, 1996), Making Worlds: Gender, Metaphor, Materiality (University of Arizona, 1998), International Studies: Meeting the Challenge of Globalization (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998) and Tattoo, Torture, Mutilation and Adornment: The Denaturalization of the Body in Culture and Text (State University of New York Press, 1992), which she co-edited with Frances E.Mascia-Lees. Their coauthored book, Taking a Stand in a Post-Feminist World: Toward an Engaged Cultural Criticism appeared in 2000. Her writing has also appeared in the Alternative Review, American Anthropologist, American Behavioral Scientist, American Literary History, Berkshire Eagle, Christian Science Monitor, Cleveland Plain Dealer, College English, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Critical Exchange, In Print, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of the Steward Anthropological Society, Michigan Quarterly Review, Novel, Phoebe, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, and Signs. After teaching in India on a Fulbright grant, she taught at the University of Michigan for 10 years before joining the Simon’s Rock faculty in 1983. She has been awarded grants from the American Council of Learned Societies and from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She attended NEH summer seminars at Brown, Harvard, and the University of Connecticut, and has offered NEH seminars for teachers on women and fiction, held at Simon’s Rock, in the summers of 1988, 1990, and 1992. She also participated in an NEH Institute on Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. BA, Barnard College; PhD, University of Texas at Austin.