Judith K. Gardiner, PhD

Prof. J. Gardiner

Core Faculty

Gender and Women's Studies & English

PhD, English
Columbia University, 1968

Office: 1905 UH (MC 360) Phone: 312-413-9138
E-mail: gardiner [at] uic [dot] edu

*Curriculum Vitae


About Dr. Judith Kegan Gardiner

Judith Kegan Gardiner's research interests include feminist and psychoanalytic theory, twentieth-century writing by women, seventeenth-century English literature, women's studies, and masculinity studies. Recent courses have included Feminist Theories and Criticism, Women's Literary Traditions, and Shakespeare.

Her current research focuses on masculinity in feminist theory. Her edited book Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice appeared in 1995, and her edited book, Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theories, was published by Columbia University Press in 2002. Recent publications discuss South Park, femininity, and collegiality. The International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities, co-edited with Michael Flood, Bob Pease, and Keith Pringle, was published by Taylor & Francis in 2007.

She is one of the original founders of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at UIC and a long-time member of the editorial collective of the interdisciplinary journal, Feminist Studies. She has served as co-chair of the Chancellor's Committee on the Status of Women, as Interim Director of the Center for Research on Women and Gender, and as Director of GWS.

In 2014 Professor Gardiner what named one of hte "100 Women of Inspiration" by Today's Chicago Woman Magazine. Gardiner was cited for her shcolarship, activism, and contribution to feminism through her co-founding of the UIC Women's Studies Program. In 2013 Gardiner estabileshed the Gender and Women's Studies Esther O. Kegan Fund in the College to honor her mother's legacy as a pioneering female attorney and social justice activist. Gardiner credits her mother with being the role model that led to her own civic and academic engagement.

*Selected Publications


Masculinity Studies and Feminist Theory

Provoking Agents: Gender and Agency in Theory and Practice

Rhys, Stead, Lessing and the Politics of Empathy