Alice Rutkowski

Associate Professor
Welles 230

Alice Rutkowski received her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and became a member of the Geneseo faculty in 2003. She often teaches the courses Literature and the Civil War, Trans and Lit, SafeZone Train the Trainer, Feminism and Pornography, and Major Authors: Melville, among others. Her research centers on the Civil War and Reconstruction as well as queer theory and trans politics. She received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2012. In 2016, Rutkowski published “‘It’s a...Penis!’ Epistemology of the Ultrasound” featured in Mothers and Sons. Her other works were published in A Journal of American Women Writers and Studies in the Literary Imagination

Rutkowski is the chair of the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society selection committee. In 2013, she founded the LGBTQ Issues Working Group and serves as the co-chair. She is a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board. Rutkowski is the coordinator of the Geneseo Safe Zone Network. To request a Safe Zone training for your group, please click here

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  • ENGL 414: Top-NineCen Lit:Queer 19th Cen

    An advanced study of literature written during the nineteenth century; because this course is at the 400-level, particular attention will be paid to published critical perspectives on primary works or into important primary contextual documents. Possible subtitles include: The Civil War and Literature, British Romanticism, French Realist Writers. (May be taken twice for credit under different subtitles.) Prerequisites: ENGL 203 and at least one course at the 300 level; or permission of instructor. Offered spring, even years

  • HUMN 221: W/H/Western Humanities II

    A search for moral, social, and political alternatives and meaning embodied in the institutions, culture, and literature of Western Civilization from 1600 to the present. The course is factual as well as conceptual, including a narrative history of the period covered.

  • WGST 288: Exp:Safezone Train-the-Trainer