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Dr. Jeannie Ludlow

Professor of English and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; President, EIU-UPI

Office: 3139 - Coleman Hall
Email: jludlow@eiu.edu
Website: https://www.eiu.edu/women/

Summer office hours are by appointment.







Frequently Taught Courses

WGS 2309G Intro to Women's and Gender Studies

WGS 4309 Feminist 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

Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment

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


"Graphic Abortion: The Grotesque in Diane Noomin’s 1990s Abortion Comics" forthcoming in Feminist Formations.

“Inappropriate/d Generations: Artifactual Pregnancy and Diffracted Choice in Comic Narratives” in Monstrous Women in Comics, edited by Elizabeth Coody and Samantha Langsdale, forthcoming from University of Mississippi Press.
“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.

Conference Presentations

"It’s A Boy! borted: Fetal Bodies, Graphic Abortion, and the Option to Look," American Comparative Literature Association conference, Washington, DC, March, 2018

“Talking to People Who ‘Just Don’t Get It!’: Reproductive Justice Assignments for Culture Change,” National Women’s Studies Association conference, Atlanta, GA, November, 2018

“Not Funny Ha-Ha: Death-Giving Birth in Comic Narratives,” presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN, March, 2018

“Self-Induced Abortion, DIY Abortion, and the Back Alley: Rhetorical Deployments of Extralegal Abortion Practice,” presented at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, Dayton, OH, Oct., 2017

“Saying ‘The Things We Cannot Say’: Dangerous Conversations about the Fetal Body and the ‘Partial Birth Abortion’ Ban,” presented at the Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, Hempstead, NY, June, 2017

“Choices without Options: Re/Productivity and De/Coloniality in 21stCentury Film,” presented at the National Women’s Studies Association conference, Montreal, QC, Nov., 2016

“Because It Is a Baby: Language, Power, Stigma,” presented at Abortion and Reproductive Justice: The Unfinished Revolution II, Belfast, UK, June, 2016

“Invisible Power, Beyond Choice: Do-It-Yourself Abortion in the Fictions of Castillo, Kincaid, and Kelly,” presented at the Gender, Bodies, Technology conference, Roanoke, VA, April, 2016

Funding & Grants



Advisory Board, Tarble Arts Center, 2017-present
  curatorial committee; hiring committee, Arts Education Specialist

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, 2017-2019.

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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