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J. Ellen Gainor



J. Ellen Gainor is Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Performing and Media Arts. A specialist in British and American drama of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and women's dramaturgy, she is the author of the award-winning studies Shaw's Daughters: Dramatic and Narrative Constructions of Gender and Susan Glaspell in Context: American Theater, Culture and Politics 1915-48. She is a co-author of The Norton Anthology of Drama and co-editor of The Complete Plays of Susan Glaspell. She has also edited two influential essay collections, Imperialism and Theatre and Performing America: Culture Nationalism in American Theater. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Mint Theater in New York and works regularly for the Shaw Festival in Canada. She is currently completing another editing project, a collection of plays by Edwardian dramatist Githa Sowerby.


  • American Studies Program
  • English
  • Performing and Media Arts

Graduate Fields

  • American Studies
  • English Language and Literature
  • Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies
  • Theatre Arts


  • American Studies Program
  • Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS)


  • British and American Drama and Theatre
  • Women and Theatre



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