The Organizers

Cristina León Alfar joined the organizing committee in Fall 2010.  She is Associate Professor of Shakespeare, late 16th and early 17th century English drama, early modern English women writers, and feminist theory at Hunter College, CUNY.  Her research interests include Early Modern English drama, particularly Shakespeare, and the intersections between literature, culture, gender, law, and politics. You can learn more about her work on MLA-Humanities Commons.

Alicia Andrzejewski is a PhD student and Enhanced Chancellor’s Fellow in the English program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She holds an MA from Appalachian State University. Her research focuses on representations of pregnancy and fertility control in early modern drama, bringing together feminist, queer, and affect theory in order to work through how “failed” pregnancies were and are imagined and understood. She teaches as an adjunct instructor at CUNY and the State University of New York, and she is a senior writing fellow at New York City College of Technology.

Margaret Mikesell, Professor Emerita at John Jay College CUNY, was a member of both the English  and the Humanities and Justice Departments until her retirement. Her research interests concern early modern gender. She has studied various aspects of that broad subject in didactic treatises on women, in selected plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and in the connections between didactic and literary texts. Her current project is on misogyny in Hamlet.

Susan O’Malley, Professor Emerita, CUNY, was a member of the English Department at Kingsborough Community College and the Liberal Studies MA, at the Graduate Center. Since retirement she has worked with the UN NGO Committee on the Status of Women which she currently chairs. Her research interests were with early modern cultural studies, particularly with pamphlet literature about women. Lately she has been writing on films of Macbeth and King Lear and the influence (or lack of influence) of the women’s movement and feminist theory.