Allison Pease

Allison Pease

Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
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PhD  New York University 
MA New York University
BA  University of Colorado, Boulder



Allison Pease has served as Director of the Gender Studies Program, Chair of English, interim Undergraduate Dean, Associate to the Provost for Faculty, and is currently Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness.  She is also Professor of English and is affiliated with the Gender Studies Program. While her teaching is wide-ranging and student-driven, her research focuses on nineteenth and twentieth-century British literature and culture, gender and sexuality, and aesthetic theory. She is the author of Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity (Cambridge UP, 2000), Modernism, Feminism, and the Culture of Boredom (Cambridge UP, 2012), the coauthor of Modernism, Sex, and Gender (Bloomsbury 2018) and the editor of the Cambridge Companion to To the Lighthouse (Cambridge UP, 2014).  

JJC Affiliations

English, Gender Studies

Professional Memberships

Modernist Studies Association

Course Taught

Literature Courses:  African-American Poetry, Justice by the Book, Selfhood and Modernity, Black Futures (Honors Thesis), Masculinities after Feminism (Honors Thesis), Lesbian Literature of the Twentieth Century, Modernity and Consciousness (graduate seminar), Twentieth-Century Literature, Twentieth-Century American Literature and Alcohol (McNair Thesis), Modern Japanese Fiction (resulting in one Honors thesis), Post-Colonial Indian Literature and Theory (resulting in two Honors theses), Introduction to Literary Studies, Text and Context: African Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature, The Idea of the Heroine, Gender in Literature, New Fiction, The Literature of Crime and Punishment, American Literature, Modern European and Post-Colonial Literature, The Nineteenth-Century Novel: London and the Urban Experience, Literature of the Industrial Revolution, Literary Interpretation.

Interdisciplinary, Gender Studies, and Humanities Courses:  Introduction to Gender Studies, Representations of Race and Ethnicity in the United States (PhD and undergraduate level), The Idea of the Heroine, Memory, Intellectual Heroes of the Twentieth Century, Love and Social Law, History of Sexual Attitudes in the United States, Heroes of our Time: Indigenous Political Reformers, Humanities IV: 1850-present, Humanities III: 1600-1850, New York as a Cultural Environment.

Writing Courses: English 101, Writing Workshop II, Writing Workshop I, Translating Experience into the Essay, Elements of Writing.

Research Summary

Allison Pease is a scholar of modernist literature and culture (1890-1945). Her body of work questions the center from the margins whether through the lens of how pornography interrogates aesthetic, and therefore elite class values; how women's boredom challenges the patriarchal status quo; or how theories of marginalized sexual and gender identities have reshaped modernist studies. In her first book,  Modernism, Mass Culture, and the Aesthetics of Obscenity, Pease traces the shared history and cultural politics of aesthetic theory and pornography from the late eighteenth- to the early twentieth century, demonstrating how sexually explicit representations come to be recognized as art in the twentieth century. In Modernism, Feminism, and the Culture of Boredom she argues that representations of women's boredom at a time when women were marching in the streets for the right to vote critiqued the constraints of women's lives, and their lack of access to the cultural privileges of individualism.  Most recently in Modernism, Sex, and Gender, she and Celia Marshik show how second-wave feminist scholarship, queer theory, and African-American critiques have reshaped how modernism is read, taught, and understood.

Area of Expertise

Most requested topics by media

Women / Gender Justice

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

English/literature, Gender/Queer Theory, Aesthetic Theory, Modernism, History of Feminism, History of Birth Control, Boredom

In The Media


Allison Pease is the co-host, with Dean Dara Byrne, of the Creating a Framework for a Culturally Affirming, Inclusive and Anti-Racist Curriculum and Pedagogy podcast


Online Presence

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