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Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor

Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and English

Director of Undergraduate Programs in WGSS

President, The Society for Utopian Studies

124 Willard Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 867-0367

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2021: Not Teaching

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Yale University BA, MA, and PhD (1990)

Professional Bio

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor received her PhD at Yale University. She specializes in utopian literature and theory from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries. Her most recent monograph is Postmodern Utopias and Feminist Fictions (Cambridge UP, 2013). She has published dozens of articles, in Feminist Studies, Utopian Studies, Contemporary Women's Writing, Nineteenth-Century Literature,The Journal for French and Francophone Philosophy,  and others.

Wagner-Lawlor is currently writing a book on plasticity in relation to theories of utopia and hospitality. She is writing and publishing on artwork created from plastic detritus, and is a frequent blogger for the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, policy-makers, research institutes and organizations working to reduce the impacts of plastic pollution on the environment, and on human health. Finally, Wagner-Lawlor is co-curator of Plastic Entanglements: Ecology, Aesthetics, Materials, a major international exhibition at the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, opening February 2018.