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EIU Department of English


Dr. Jeannie Ludlow (she/her), Professor of English; Director, Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Office: 3139 - Coleman Hall

Jeannie Ludlow (she/her)'s Vita

Spring 2023 Walk-In Office Hours for students: M 3-4:20 pm, W 5:45-6:30 pm, R 9-9:50 am and 11 am-noon, F 11 am to noon. Additional times available by appointment.













Frequently Taught Courses

WGS 2309G Intro to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGS 4309 Feminist Theories

WGS 4310 Queer Theories

ENG 3705 Multicultural American Literature

ENG 3903B Women and Literature, after 1800







Ph.D. American Culture Studies, Bowling Green State University, Ohio
M.A. English Literature, Bowling Green State University, Ohio






Professional Organizations

National Women’s Studies Association

Society for the Study of Narrative Literature

Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Abortion Care Network







Reproduction and abortion in literature, art, and culture

Multicultural American Literatures

Native American Literatures

LGBTQ Studies/Queer Theory






Selected Publications

“‘No Bigger than a Baby Bird’: Narrating Prochoice Fetal Materiality,” for Rewriting the Abortion Narrative: The Power of Popular Culture, essay collection edited by Brenda Boudreau and Kelli Maloy, in process with Lexington/Roman & Littlefield.

“‘. . . [D]oubt what’s impossible’: Alternate Futurity as Abortion Neonarrative,” for a special issue, edited by Gretchen Busl, forthcoming at Frontiers of Narrative Studies.

“Full Bleed: The Graphic Period at the End of the Menstrual Narrative” in Graphic Perspectives on Health and Embodiment, edited by Jodi Cressman and Lisa DeTora, forthcoming from University of Leuven/Cornell University Press, 2021.

“It’s A Boy! borted: Visualizing the Fetus in Abortion Narratives,” in Representing Abortion, edited by Rachel Hurst, Routledge Press, 2021.

“Look Like a Provider: Representing the Materiality of the Fetus in Abortion Care Work,” co-authored with Lena R. Hann, PhD, in Representing Abortion, edited by Rachel Hurst, Routledge Press, 2021.

“Reenvisioning Reproductive Labor,” a review of Laura Briggs’s How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics: From Welfare Reform to Foreclosure to Trump and Deirdre Cooper Owens’s Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology, in Women’s Studies Quarterly (refereed), vol. 48, nos. 1-2, Spring/Summer 2020.

“Kicking Ass in Flip-Flops: Inappropriate/d Generations and Monstrous Pregnancy in Comics Narratives” in Monstrous Women in Comics, edited by Elizabeth Coody and Samantha Langsdale, University Press of Mississippi, 2020.






Selected Conference Presentations

“Decolonizing Comics: Yahgulanaas’s Red and Tonatiuh’s Undocumented,” presented at the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature conference, Chichester, UK, virtual, June, 2022

“No Bigger than a Baby Bird . . . : Narrating Prochoice Fetal Materiality,” presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, virtual, June, 2021

“‘Forecasting hurts the heart’: Abortion, Alternate Futures, and the Fetus,” presented at the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature conference, virtual, May, 2021

“LetMe Live: Sequential Subjectivities and Cultural Specificity,” presented at the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature conference, New Orleans, LA, March, 2020

“What Do You See?: Navigating Conversations about the Fetus in Abortion Care Work,” presented at The Society for Family Planning annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA, October, 2019








Funding & Grants








Board President, Abortion Conversation Projects

Advisory Board member, “Shifting Culture Through Abortion Providers’ Voices: Toward Evidence-Based Public Intellectual Life” (Non Federal Grant-funded project). Principle investigator, Dr. Lisa Harris, University of Michigan, 2017-2020.

Scholar-in-Residence for Women’s History Month, Women’s Studies Program, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, March 11-14, 2013.







“Help! I’m Being Accused of Racism!”: From Denial to Dialogue in a Few (Not So Easy) Steps for the Making Excellence Inclusive conference, EIU, October 13, 2017 and for Staff Development Day, Lake Land Community College, April 5, 2018

All In @ EIU: Resistance and the Neoliberal University for the UPI (faculty union)/Faculty Senate forum, EIU, Feb 13, 2018

The Language of Inclusion, co-presented with Jessica L. Ward for the EIUnity conference, EIU, February 2, 2018






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