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EIU Department of English


Dr. Jeannie Ludlow, Associate Professor of English and Coordinator of Women's Studies

Office: 3139 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-5947

Jeannie Ludlow's Vita

Spring, 2018, walk-in office hours: MWF 11-noon, T 1:30-4:30, and by appointment.








Frequently Taught Courses

WST 2309G Women, Men, and Culture

WST 4309 Feminist Theory

ENG 3705 Multicultural American Literatures


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

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Abortion Conversation Project National Board

Abortion Care Network

Speakers Bureau

For more information, please visit the Speakers Bureau Webpage.

Diversity—racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual diversity; anti-racist activism; LGBTQ rights; making your group more open to diversity; social power and privilege SAMPLE PRESENTATION TITLES: LGBT Issues in the Classroom; Cultural Stereotypes and Privilege; Strategies for Including Diversity Across the Curriculum; Anti-Racism in Daily Life; My Roommate is Gay! What Do I Do Now?

Education—dealing with difficult social topics (e.g., racism, abortion, homophobia) in the classroom; handling student resistance in the classroom; diversifying curricula; adding experiential learning (service learning, role playing, etc.) to your curriculum SAMPLE PRESENTATION TITLES: “This Class Is Bullshit!”: Student Resistance, Teacher Authority, and Negotiations of Power; LGBT Issues in the Classroom; Strategies for Including Diversity Across the Curriculum

Environment/Going Green—ecofeminism; vegetarianism as a green choice; the environmental impact of the idealization of beauty SAMPLE PRESENTATION TITLES: What Is Ecofeminism, and Why Is It Important?; What’s in Your Makeup, and Why Don’t You Know about It?

Health—abortion and reproductive health (both historically and currently); eating disorders; women’s health activism; the politics of cosmetic surgery; health effects of family violence SAMPLE PRESENTATION TITLES: What Really Happens in the Abortion Clinic?; Reclaiming ‘the Things We Cannot Say’: Toward a New Abortion Discourse; Abortion History and Law in the U.S.; Why Pro-Choice and Pro-Life Are Both Wrong; Menstrual History and Activism; What to Do if Your Roommate Has an Eating Disorder


Reproduction and abortion in literature, art, and culture

Multicultural American Literatures

Native American Literatures

LGBTQ Studies/Queer Theory

Selected Publications

“Love and Goodness: Toward a New Abortion Politics” in Feminist Studies 38.2 (Summer 2012).
“Ecofeminism and Experiential Learning: Taking the Risks of Activism Seriously” Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (peer-reviewed), special issue on Teaching Earth, 21.1 (2010): 42-59.

“Papa’s Baby, Mama’s .  .  . Papa?: Toward a Faux Gestational History” in Specs (peer-reviewed) Issue 2 (Fall, 2009).
“Sometimes It’s a Child and a Choice: Toward an Embodied Abortion Praxis” in NWSAJ: National Women’s Studies Association Journal (refereed), vol. 19, no. 1, Spring, 2008.
“The Things We Cannot Say: Witnessing the Trauma-tization of Abortion in the United States” in WSQ: Witness (refereed), vol. 36, nos. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer, 2008.
“Students’ Perceptions of Instructors’ Identities: Effects and Interventions,” co-authored with Dr. Laurie Rodgers and Ms. Mary Wrighten, in Academic Exchange Extra (refereed), March, 2005.
“From Safe Space to Contested Space in the Feminist Classroom” in Transformations: The Journal of  Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy (peer-reviewed), Spring, 2004.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Choices without Options: Re/Productivity and De/Coloniality in 21st Century Film,” accepted for presentation at the National Women's Studies Association conference, Nov., 2016
“‘I refused to accept a nation’: The De/Colonial Biopolitics of Abortion in Novels of Caribbean Emigration
,” accepted for presentation at the National Women's Studies Association conference, Nov., 2016
“‘Because It is a Baby’: Language, Power, and Stigma,” accepted for presentation at Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution II, Ulster, UK, June, 2016
"Invisible Power, Beyond Choice: Do-It-Yourself Abortion in Fiction," presented at the Gender, Bodies, Technology conference, 2016
“Reproducing Precarity: Abortion and Motherhood in U.S. Literature by Women,” presented at the National Women’s Studies Association conference, Nov., 2015
“‘Rushing Back’: Water Imagery in Representations of Abortion,” presented at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment, June, 2015
"Consent and Occupation: Gestation and Colonization in African American Women's Fiction" NWSA, 2014
"Because It Is a Baby: Reconceptualizations of Maternity and Fetal Bodies in Abortion Work" (invited presentation) Rutgers Symposium on Maternal and Fetal Bodies 2013
“String of Pearls: In/appropriate Motherhood in Parks’ Red Letter Plays” Louisville Conference 2013
“Misopolis: Doing the Abortion Three-Step" NWSA 2012
“Healing Words (and Deeds): Women’s Studies at the Abortion Clinic” NWSA 2011
“From ‘First Ever Masturbate-athon!’ to ‘Third Annual Sex-Positive Fair’: Deploying and Disarming Queer Feminism” NWSA 2011
“Divine Matters: Abortion and Spiritual Activism in Contemporary Multiethnic Fiction by Women” ALA 2011
“Abortion Is a Women’s Rite: Spirituality and Abortion in Ethnic American Women’s Literature” Louisville 2011

Funding & Grants

Mary Lily Travel Grant, awarded for research at the Sally Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University, for summer, 2009


Abortion Conversation Project, National Board member, 2010-present

NARAL/Pro-Choice America  National Foundation Board member, 2010-2013

SACIS (Sexual Assault Counseling and Information Service) board member, Charleston, IL, 2009-2015

   Board President, 2009-10, 2012-13; Fundraising Committee; The Vagina Monologues planning board, 2012

Patient Advocate (paid) and Patient Escort (volunteer), Center for Choice, women’s reproductive health clinic, Toledo, Ohio, October, 1996 - 2008

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Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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