Snitow, Ann


Ann Snitow
PhD, Literature, University of London;
BA, Summa Cum Laude, Cornell University
Associate Professor, Literature and Gender Studies

A feminist activist and writer, I have combined these activities with being a university professor since 1969. It’s all connected: imagining and reading about change, being skeptical about the meaning of particular social changes, being part of change. What I wish for my students: action and criticism of the action taken, engagement and distance, and, finally, pleasure in this inside/outside life.
Courses Taught:
    • The Personal Essay
    • The Left: Old, New, Future
    • Express Yourself (Arthur Kill Prison)
    • Introduction to Feminist Thought and Action
    • The Fiction of Men and Women
    • Introduction to the Novel
    • Story
    • Introduction to the MA in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory (Graduate Faculty)
    • The Sixties: From Liberation Movements to Identity Politics (Graduate Faculty)
    • Literary Conversations Between Men and Women (Graduate Faculty)
Recent Publications:


TheFeminist Memoir Project: Voices from Women’s Liberation, ed. with Rachel DuPlessis, Crown 1998; Reissued by Rutgers University Press, 2007

Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality, ed. with Christine Stansell and Sharon Thompson, Monthly Review Press, 1983. Reprinted as Desire, London: Virago Press, 1984. Reprinted as Die Politik des Begehrens, Berlin: Rotbuch Verlag, 1985

Selected Recent Articles:

“Dangerous Worlds: Teaching Film in Prison” (“Notes from One Prison,”) (Dissent Magazine, Summer 2011: 94-106)

“Refugees from Utopia: Remembering, Forgetting and the Making of The Feminist Memoir Project,” Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics and Society, ed. By Adam Brown, Yifat Gutman, and Amy Sodaro (Great Britain: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) pp. 141-157.

“The Joy of Memory: Ary Zolberg’s Memoir,” Social Research: An International Quarterly of the Social Sciences, Vol. 77, No. 1, Spring 2010: 385-390.

“Women’s Anniversaries: Snapshots of Polish Feminism Since 1989,” Dissent, Fall, 2009: 61-67.

Office Location:
Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts
65 West 11th Street, Room 257
New York, NY  10011
Office Hours:
Tuesdays 2:00pm-3:00pm and by appointment
Phone Number/Extension:
212-229-5100 x2247


Research Interests:
Feminism in East and Central Europe since 1989; Feminist theory/intellectual history of contemporary feminism; The persnoal essay.
Professional Affiliations:
    • Co-founder and Board Member of the Network of East-West Women (NEWW)
    • Co-founder (with Drucilla Cornell) of Take Back the Future
    • MLA
    • National Women’s Studies Association
    • Editorial Board, Dissent
    • PEN
    • New York Institute for the Humanities (NYU)
    • The Transregional Center for Democratic Studies (The New School)
Recent Presentations/Exhibits:

Keynote address, the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Brno, Czech Republic, November 3-4, 2011

Keynote address, 20th Anniversary of The Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning, Warsaw, Poland, October 29, 2011

Key speaker on panel, “Global Feminism,” at the Annual Women’s Congress, Warsaw, Poland, September 17-18, 2011.

“Some Current Themes in U.S. Feminist Theory: Post-humanism, The Queer, The Changing Locations of Feminism,” as Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, May 18, 2011

Lecture Series at the European University of Tirana, Albania as Fulbright Specialist in Gender Studies and American Studies; Guest lectures for faculty (also at EUT), lectures to activist groups, lecture to social work students at the University of Shkodra, Albania, March 9-20, 2011

“Women: Visible/Invisible,” Women’s Art in Social Dialogue, The National Museum in Gdańsk, Department of the Modern Art, Department of Photography, Poland, September 4, 2010

“No Longer in Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at The New School,” talk on the opening panel of the inaugural conference of the Gender Studies Program, “No Longer in Exile,” March 26, 2010

Awards and Honors:

Fulbright Specialist Award in Gender Studies and American Studies, The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, and the Council for International Exchange and Scholars, Award period: 2010-2015 (Renewable)

Stem Cells Across Curriculum Grant, 2010-2012. Selected as consultant on the university grant from the State of New York, Goal: To plan curricula to inform the public about the issues at stake in stem cell research. Activities include building bibliography; teaching model classes; participating in courses using our modules; frequent team meetings. Principal investigator: Katayoun Chamany

Faculty Support Initiative Grant/Student Assistant Fund, Office of the Provost, The New School, June 2011

Visiting Scholar Grant, The European Union’s European Institute for Gender Equality, Vilnius, Lithuania, May, 2011

Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach Gender Studies at the European University of Tirana, Albania, March, 2011

Erasmus Mundus Visiting Scholar Award, Centre for European Studies’ International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS), Jagiellonian University, Poland, 2010-2011

Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School, 2010

Innovations in Education Grant, The New School, 2010

Faculty Development Grant, with Victoria Hattam, New School for Social Research, 2004

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