Woodruff, Elizabeth

Committee: Mary Hawkesworth, Harriet Davidson, Elizabeth Grosz
Thesis/Practicum: Thesis: Writing the Body in Literature and Art

In the spring of 2001 Elizabeth graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a BA in Global Development Studies. Eager to apply a critical feminist lens to areas of inquiry imbued in analyses of commodification, power, and resistance, Elizabeth began work in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers as a member of the first incoming class of Ph.D. students in the fall of 2002. Since then, Elizabeth decided to pursue an M.A. degree and received it in October. Her area of sustained study is the corporeality of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She began field-work in Mexico in the summer of 2004 supported by a grant from the North American Mobility Project. She is deeply committed to contributing to feminist writings on embodiment, especially as they relate to theories of resistance and pedagogy. She has taught the W&GS undergraduate introductory course and a theory course. She is currently attempting to integrate her research interests and academic training with a career in radio journalism as a form of creative praxis. Elizabeth is the mother of a budding feminist; two-year-old River Woodruff.