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J. Ellen Gainor



J. Ellen Gainor is Professor 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, co-editor of The Complete Plays of Susan Glaspell, and the editor of Githa Sowerby: Three Plays. She has edited the influential essay collections Imperialism and Theatre and the co-edited Performing America: Culture Nationalism in American Theater; another edited volume, Susan Glaspell in Context, is forthcoming. She is currently completing the co-edited Routledge Anthology of Women’s Theatre Theory & Dramatic Criticism. She serves as a literary advisor to the Mint Theater and the Metropolitan Playhouse in New York and has worked for the Shaw Festival in Canada and the National Theatre in England.


  • American Studies Program
  • Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
  • Literatures in 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


Fall 2021

Spring 2022


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