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Deborah T. Meem

Title: Professor of WGSS
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Tel: 513-515-2657
Email: meemdt@ucmail.uc.edu

Deb Meem specializes in Victorian literature, LGBTQ studies, and 19th C. novels by women. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1971 with a double major in English and music, then after a decade away from the academy returned to graduate school in English at Stony Brook University, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1985. Her work has appeared in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Feminist Teacher, Studies in Popular Culture and elsewhere. She has edited four long-forgotten books by Victorian journalist, novelist, and antifeminist Eliza Lynn Linton: The Rebel of the Family (Broadview, 2002), Realities (Valancourt, 2010), The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland (Victorian Secrets, 2011, with Kate Holterhoff), and Sowing the Wind (Victorian Secrets, 2015, with Kate Holterhoff). With Michelle Gibson she has co-edited Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want To Go (2002) and Lesbian Academic Couples (2005), both published by Haworth Press. Her co-authored book Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (with Michelle Gibson and Jonathan Alexander) was published by Sage Press in 2009; its second edition appeared in 2013, and the third edition is due in 2017. Deb served as Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from 2008-15. When not in that position, she teaches Sexuality Studies in the Department of WGSS and occasionally literature in the English Department. She serves on UC’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, and was also longtime co-chair of the LGBT faculty/staff Task Force at UC.
 

Education

  • PhD English Literature, SUNY Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 1985 (Dissertation topic: "The Inner Epic Tradition in Nineteenth-Century Novels by Women").
  • BA, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, 1971 (English and Music).

Research Information

Research Support

  • University Research Council , University of Cincinnati. 1990.
  • University Research Council , University of Cincinnati. 1999.
  • Friends of Womens Studies Travel , University of Cincinnati. 1988 to 2006.
  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in Womens Studies. 1982.
  • SUNY Stony Brook Dissertation Fellowship. 1982 to 1983.
  • Taft travel grants. 2006 to 2013.
  • (PI), Mahajna, Anwar; Meem, Deborah; Parr, Adrian, Gender, Identity, and Family: Religious Ritual, the Family Unit, and Inclusiveness in Reform Judaism 1975-Present, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion. (ECA - Anwar Mahajna), $7,500.00. 01-15-2012 to 06-15-2012. Status: Awarded.
  • (primary organizer), Conference grant to support "Highsmith: Queer and Now" symposium, April 2016, Taft. $1275.00 conference plus $2530.00 keynote lecture speaker. 2015 to 2016. Status: Completed.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Deborah T. Meem, Michelle Gibson, Martha Marinara. ""Bi, Butch, and Bar Dyke: Pedagogical Performances of Class, Gender, and Sexuality"." College Composition and Communication 52 (2000): 69-95.
  • Gibson, Michelle, & Meem, Deborah T (2005). Performing transformation: reflections of a lesbian academic couple. Journal of lesbian studies, 9(4), 107-28.
  • Gibson, Michelle, & Meem, Deborah T (2005). Introduction: lesbian academic couples. Journal of lesbian studies, 9(4), 1-12.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. ""Performing Transformation: Reflections of a Lesbian Academic Couple"." Journal of Lesbian Studies 9 (2005): 107-128.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Teaching 'Paul's Case' as a Gay Text"." Eureka Studies in Teaching Short Fiction 3 (2002): 20-29. Reprint in Short Story Criticism, Layman Poupard (Columbia SC), 2014.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Eliza Lynn Linton and the Rise of Lesbian Consciousness"." Journal of the History of Sexuality 7 (1997): 537-560.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. ""The Case of the Lovely Lesbian: Mabel Maney's Queering of Nancy Drew"." Studies in Popular Culture 19 (1997): 23-36.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. ""Teaching, Typecasting, and Butch-Femme Identity"." Feminist Teacher 10 (1996): 12-16.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""The Effect of Classroom Computer Use on College Basic Writers"." Research and Teaching in Developmental Education 8 (1992): 57-69.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Bea Jacobson. ""Images of Writing Center Staff: Missionaries or Misfits?"." Issues in College Learning Centers 9 (1989): 21-25.
  • "Eliza Lynn Linton" in The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwood, 2014). Ed. Dino Felluga.

Books

  • Eliza Lynn Linton. The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland. Victorian Secrets Press, 2011.[Link]
  • Eliza Lynn Linton. Realities. Kansas City MO: Valancourt, 2010.[Link]
  • Deborah T. Meem, Michelle Gibson, and Jonathan Alexander. Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies. Thousand Oaks CA: Sage, 2009.
  • Co-editor. Lisa Hogeland and Shay Brawn, editors. The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume Two: Twentieth Century. San Francisco CA: Aunt Lute, 2008.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. Lesbian Academic Couples. Binghamton NY: Haworth, 2006.
  • Co-editor. Lisa Hogeland and Mary Klages, editors. The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: 17th-19th Centuries . San Francisco CA: Aunt Lute, 2004.
  • Eliza Lynn Linton. The Rebel of the Family. Peterborough ON: Broadview, 2002.[Link]
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want To Go. Binghamton NY: Haworth, 2002.
  • Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (second edition)[Link]
  • Eliza Lynn Linton. Sowing the Wind. Victorian Secrets Press, 2015. Co-Editor Co-edited with Kate Holterhoff.[Link]

Book Chapter

  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. Basic Writing in America: The History of Nine College Programs. "After the Fall: The Life & Death & Life of a College, a Department, & a Basic Writing Program". Ed. P. McAlexander and N. Greene. Cresskill NJ: Hampton, 2008. 49-70.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Approaches to Teaching Thoreau's Walden and Other Works." "The Privileged Protester: Teaching Thoreau in the Two-Year College". Ed. Richard J. Schneider. NY: MLA, 1996. 121-128.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Voices of Empowerment." "Gender Issues in the Developmental Writing Program". Ed. L. Masiello. Delaware OH: Ohio Wesleyan University, 1989. 41-42.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Voices of Empowerment." "Up-and-Coming or Interweaving: How Does Your Power Grow?". Ed. L. Masiello. Delaware OH: Ohio Wesleyan University, 1989. 120-123.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "The Emerging Frontier: Interactive Video, Artificial Intelligence and Classroom Technology." "Basic Writers at the Keyboard: A Report on the Computer Controlled Study at the University of Cincinnati". Tempe AZ: ASU Press, 1988. 152-159.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Bea Jacobson. "Proceedings of the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference." "Writing Center Dis-staff: Dis-Placed? Dis-Engaged? Dis-Affected?". Youngstown OH: Youngstown State University, 1987.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Words Reaching Out to Worlds." "Incorporating Feminist Materials into the Teaching and Tutoring of Writing". Highland Heights KY: Northern Kentucky University, 1986.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "The Complete Operas of Alessandro Scarlatti." "Il Trionfo dell'Onore". Ed. Donald J. Grout. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 1975.

Electronic Journal

  • Deborah T. Meem and Jonathan Alexander. ""Dorian Gray, Tom Ripley, and the Queer Closet"." [Electronic version]. 5 (2003).

Encyclopedia Article

  • Deborah T. Meem. "The Ladies of Llangollen." Reader's Guide to Lesbian and Gay Studies. NY: Routledge, 2000.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""English Literature: Nineteenth Century"." The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, 2nd Edition. NY: Garland, 1999.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Rita Mae Brown"." The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, 2nd Edition. NY: Garland, 1999.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Elizabeth Barrett Browning"." Dictionary of World Biography. Pasadena CA: Salem, 1999.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Dorothy Allison"." Feminist Writers. Farmington Hills MI: St. James, 1996.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Rita Mae Brown"." Feminist Writers. Farmington Hills MI: St. James, 1996.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Rita Mae Brown." Great Lives from History: American Women. Pasadena CA: Salem, 1995.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Rubyfruit Jungle"." Masterplots II: Women's Literature. Pasadena CA: Salem, 1995.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Sarah Dreher"." Contemporary Lesbian Writers of the United States: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport CT: Greenwood, 1993.

Other Publications

  • Deborah T. Meem. "Review of Victorian Sappho by Yopie Prins." The Lesbian Review of Books 6 (2000): 11.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson. "Review of My Gender Workbook by Kate Bornstein." The Journal of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Identity 4 (1999): 373-376.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Review of Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter by Diana Souhami." The Lesbian Review of Books 6 (1999): 9.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Lesbian Literature and Psychology." LGSN 24 (1997): 7, 8.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Faculty Development"." AAUP White Papers 1 (1993): 3-5.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""The Lesbian Experience: An Interdisciplinary Adventure"." Transformations 3 (1992): 36-39.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Chee and McTavish: The Relationship of the Detective to the Supernatural"." Forum 17 (1991): 5-7.
  • Deborah T. Meem. "Review of The Right Handbook by Patricia Belanoff et al." Teaching English in the Two-Year College 14 (1987): 296-298.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""The Unmagical Flutes of July"." Cincinnati Review of Politics and the Arts 1 (1987): 45-46.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""The Mahler Eighth: West and Midwest"." The Cincinnati Review of Politics and the Arts 1 (1987): 34-35.
  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Revision and Satisfaction Using the Bank Street Writer"." ERIC ED 276 059 (1986).

Published Abstract

  • Deborah T. Meem. ""Hidden Agenda: The Subversive Message within Three Women's Sensation Novels"." Feminist Forum 12 (1989). Abstract.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson (04-2003). "Not Your Mama’s Lesbians: Butch/Femme Gender and the Teaching of Writing" Ohio University, Athens OH.
  • Deborah T. Meem (02-1992). "Feminism on the Field" National Conference on Girls and Women in Sport, Slippery Rock PA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (09-2013). "A Nickel Tour of LGBT History" Greater Cincinnati Youth Summit, Highland Heights KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson (11-2006). Diversity in Queer Communities: Toward a Lesbian Ethic Travel Grantee presentation, Women's Studies Dept.
  • Deborah T. Meem (01-1991). "Lesbian Literature: An Introduction" LGBTQ Alliance, UC.
  • Deborah T. Meem (08-2011). "Then and NOW: Tales of the Lavender Menace" Regional NOW meeting, Cincinnati OH.
  • Deborah T. Meem (06-2011). "LGBT History" Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati OH.
  • Deborah T. Meem (04-2013). The State of LGBTQ Studies TUC.
  • Deborah T. Meem (10-2013). "The Impulse to Activism: Four Lives" Girls Run the World: Encouraging Political Activism in Young Women, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Deborah T. Meem, respondent (09-2015). Life of the Mind, "Thinking with Slaves" Alumni Center, UC.
  • Deborah T. Meem (03-2015). "A Century of Women" Woman's City Club, Harriet Beecher Stowe House, Cincinnati OH.

Paper Presentations

  • Deborah T. Meem (04-2007). "The Problem of Authority in Linton's Realities, or, Can a New Edition Rehabilitate an Old Failure?", Lexington KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson (06-2006). "Relative Power and its Correspondence to Political Theory in Lesbian Communities", Oakland CA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (03-2006). "Eliza Lynn Linton and Female Masculinity", Gainesville FL.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson (02-2002). “Not ‘Comic Books on Steroids’: The Function of Stereotypes in Alison Bechdel’s Dykes to Watch Out For", Lousiville KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Jonathan Alexander (03-2001). Dorian Gray, Tom Ripley, and the Creative Closet, Louisville KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem (02-2000). “Eliza Lynn Linton to the Contrary: Writing Against the 19th-Century Zeitgeist", Richmond KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem (02-1999). "Eliza Lynn Linton: Work in Progress", Covington KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem (12-1998). "Eliza Lynn Linton: A Centenary Re-Examination", San Francisco CA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (04-1998). "Don't Get Me Wrong: 'História' and Personal Pedagogy", Chicago IL.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson (10-1997). "Clueless and Aimless in River Depths: The Melodramatic Butch-Femme Comedy of Mabel Maney", Columbia SC.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson (03-1997). "Confounding Pedagogy: Gender-Literate Students 'Reading' Lesbian Butch and Fem Teachers", Phoenix AZ.
  • Deborah T. Meem and Michelle Gibson (02-1996). "Teaching, Typecasting, and Butch-Femme Identity" , Berea KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem (03-1995). "Literacy as Survival in Dorothy Allison's Trash and Bastard Out of Carolina", Washington DC.
  • Deborah T. Meem (11-1994). "Eliza Lynn Linton and the Rise of Lesbian Consciousness", Iowa City IA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (10-1994). "Salome/Lorena and John the Baptist/Bobbitt: A Fin-de-Siècle Rumination", Charlotte NC.
  • Deborah T. Meem (03-1991). "Computers and Basic Writers: Results of a Five-Year Controlled Study", Boston MA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (03-1991). "Chee and McTavish: The Relationship of the Detective to the Supernatural", South Bend IN.
  • Deborah T. Meem (06-1990). "A Musical Poem of Life and Power: Susan Griffin's Dancing", Akron OH.
  • Deborah T. Meem (03-1990). "Computers and Collaboration in the Developmental Writing Classroom", Boston MA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (11-1989). "Feminism in Action: Teaching Our Daughters", Bloomington IN.
  • Deborah T. Meem (06-1989). "Hidden Agenda: The Subversive Message within Three Women's Sensation Novels", Towson MD.
  • Deborah T. Meem (02-1989). "Katherine Mansfield's Friendship with Virginia Woolf", Raleigh NC.
  • Deborah T. Meem (11-1988). "Epic Vision and Realization in Nineteenth-Century Women Writers", St. Louis MO.
  • Deborah T. Meem, Anne Sisson Runyan, Amy Lind (04-2011). "Outside the Box: Transnationalizing Diversity Studies", TUC .
  • Deborah T. Meem (03-2010). "Literary Lesbian Domesticity at the Fin de Siecle: From Within and Without", Berkeley CA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (04-2009). "What 'one woman could be to another:' Linton and Johnstone Setting the Terms in the 1880s and 90s", Iowa City, IA.
  • Deborah T. Meem (11-2010). "X Studies: Naming conventions vis-a-vis women's studies as a discipline", Denver CO.
  • Deborah T. Meem (11-2013). "Deciphering the (Im)Pure Body: (De)Sexualization, Objectification, and Body Politics under Neoliberal Capitalism", Cincinnati, OH.
  • Deborah T. Meem (11-2013). "At the Corner of Theory and Praxis: Teaching Queer Studies at the College Level", Cincinnati, OH.
  • Deborah T. Meem (11-2013). "Feminist Geek Culture", Cincinnati, OH.

Colloquia

  • Lisa Hogeland, Mary Klages, David Kazanjian, Shay Brawn, Bonnie Dow, Rhonda Pettit, Deborah T. Meem (06-2003). Aunt Lute Anthology Roundtable. National Women's Studies Association, New Orleans LA.
  • Romy Borooah, Robin Sheets, Deborah T. Meem, et al. (03-1991). "Developing Interdisciplinary Graduate Courses in Women's Studies". North Central Women's Studies Association Conference, South bend, IN.
  • Kathy Y. Wilson, Philecia Barnes, Michelle Rowley, Deborah T. Meem et al. (04-2006). “Challenging the Divides: Race and Sexuality in the Greater Cincinnati Area"..
  • Andy Ruffner, Deborah T. Meem et al. (03-2002). “Supporting GLBTQ Youth". Greater Cincinnati Youth Summit, Highland Heights KY.
  • Deborah T. Meem et al. (02-2001). “Career Planning and Choices: Issues in Diversity". Women's Leadership Conference.
  • Romy Borooah, Robin Sheets, Deborah T. Meem et al. (06-1990). "Organizing Clerical Workers at UC: The Success of District 925". National Women's Studies Association, Akron OH.
  • Cynthia Selfe, Deborah T. Meem et al. (04-1989). Computers and Writing Assessment Roundtable. Seventh Annual Conference on Writing Assessment, Montreal.
  • Deborah T. Meem et al. (11-1988). "The Politics of Mentoring: Failure of 'Commitment from the Top'". Midwest Modern Language Association, St. Louis MO.
  • Deborah Meem, Ayca Mazman, Christina Black, Christine Mok, Stephanie Sadre-Orafai (03-2014). Keynote Roundtable Discussion. Transforming Access, Univ of Cincinnati.

Lectures

  • (06-2111). Zones of Safety for LGBTQ Youth and Adults. EPA.

Honors & Awards

  • Rainbow Outstanding Faculty Service Award, renamed the Meem/Gibson Outstanding Faculty Service Award, UC LGBTQ Center, 2011.
  • The Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books, The Eric Hoffer Project. Grand Prize, Reference Category, for "Finding Out:: An Introduction to LGBT Studies".
  • Enduring Spirit Award for Scholarship and Activism, MUSE: Cincinnati's Women's Choir, 05-2015. Presented to Deborah Meem and Michelle Gibson by MUSE: Cincinnati's Women's Choir in recognition of a career of service to our profession and to the community..
  • WGSS Department Faculty Award, WGSS Department, UC A&S, 04-2015.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2008 to 2010, Interim Head, Dept. of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati.
  • 2004 to To Present, Professor of English and WGSS, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1996 to 2003, Professor of English, University College, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1990 to 1996, Associate Professor of English, University College, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1984 to 1990, Assistant Professor of English, University College, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1983 to 1984, Adjunct Instructor of English and Head of Developmental Writing Division, Stony Brook University.
  • 2010 to 2015, Head, Dept of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Univ of Cincinnati.

Events Organized

  • Conference. Writing for Justice: The Origins and Legacy of Uncle Tom's Cabin (09-30-2011 to 10-02-2011) , Cincinnati Public Library; National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Cincinnati Museum Center; The Harriet Beecher Stowe House.
  • Conference. INCS 2012: Picturing the 19th Century (03-22-2012 to 03-25-2011) , Lexington KY.
  • Symposium. Highsmith: Queer and Now (04-2016, UC.

Service

  • Committee Member, UC Provost Provost's Committee on Faculty Recruitment and Retention, 2008 to 2013
  • Committee Member, UC UC Diversity Council, 2007 to 2012
  • LGBTQ Alliance 2001 to 2015
  • GenderBloc 2009 to 2015
  • Women's Club Lacrosse 2007 to 2015
  • Committee Member, Charles Phelps Taft Foundation Conferences & Competitive Lectures Awards Committee, 2007 to 2012
  • Committee Member, WGSS Department Graduate Committee, 2006 to 2015
  • Committee Chair, WGSS Department Advisory Council, 2008 to 2015
  • Committee Member, National Women's Studies Association Program Admin & Devel Advisory Council/budget task force, 2010 to To Present
  • Board Member, Harriet Beecher Stowe House Advisory Board, 2011 to 2013
  • Conference Organizer, Harriet Beecher Stowe House Planning Committee for Fall 2011 Conference, 2009 to 2011
  • Committee Member, Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship application review, 1994 to 2012
  • WGSS Department Head, 2008 to 2015
  • Member, A&S Dean's Executive Committee, 09-2012 to 2013
  • Committee Member, Charles Phelps Taft Research Center ad hoc Structures Committee, 02-2013 to 09-2013
  • Member, University Honors Council 09-2013 to To Present
  • Board Member, Charles Phelps Taft Center Executive Board, 08-2013 to 12-2013
  • Committee Member, Dean's Budget & Planning Subcommittee 2013 to To Present
  • Peer Review/Referee, Journal of Homosexuality 2012 to To Present

Courses Taught

  • 15-WGS-332 UNCLE TOM & AM CULT
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 11S
    Comments: I taught this class as an Honors course years ago, but this is an entirely new course.
  • 15-WGS-360 LGBT STUDIES
    Level: Both
    Term: 12W
    Comments: 6 WGSS graduate students enrolled this year as independent study. They did extra work, including more reading, a longer individual final project, and a group project.
  • 15-WGS-801
    Feminist Research
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11A
    Comments: Required seminar for second-year MA students in WGSS.
  • 15-WGS-463/663
    Lesbian Literature and Psychology
    Level: Both
    Term: 10S
    Comments: Mixed grad-UG class
  • 15-WGS-360 LGBT STUDIES
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10W
    Comments: One or two grad students enrolled as independent study, doing extra work for 4 credits.
  • 15-WGS-801
    Feminist Research
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10A
    Comments: Required seminar for second-year MA students in WGSS
  • 15-WGS-460/660
    LGBT Seminar
    Level: Both
    Term: 12S
    Comments: Mixed grad-UG class, completely new content from previous time taught
  • WGS4035/7035
    Lesbian Literature & Psychology
    Level: Both
    Term: 13SS
  • WGS1052
    Outrageous Writings by Women
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 13SS
  • WGS 3030
    QUEER STUDIES
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS
  • -WGS-3044 INTERRACIALISM
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 14SS
    Comments: Also cross-listed as AFAM 3044 and ENGL 3044
  • independent study
    QUEER STUDIES SEMINAR
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 14SS
    Comments: Individual study with Tanya Montgomery