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Alice Rutkowski

Associate Professor of English
Welles 222A

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


  • ENGL 203: Reader&Text:Asian-American Lit

    An introduction to the discipline of English through the study of particular topics, issues, genres, or authors. Subtitles of "Reader and Text" help students develop a working vocabulary for analyzing texts and relating texts to contexts; understand the theoretical questions that inform all critical conversations about textual meaning and value; and participate competently, as writers, in the ongoing conversation about texts and theory that constitutes English as a field of study.

  • WGST 230: Introduction to Queer Studies

    This introductory course will explore both lgbtq studies as well as queer studies (and will pay considerable attention to the difference—if there is one—between these two types of studies). The course is interdisciplinary in nature, taking up feminist, historical, philosophical, and sociological approaches to gender and sexuality, as well as other axes of social difference including race, ethnicity, class, disability, religion. Offered fall, even years

  • WGST 232: Safe Zone Train-the-Trainer

    This course, which trains students to become facilitators in Geneseo?s Safe Zone program, covers LGBTQ history and identities in addition to more contemporary issues and problems. It also emphasizes: developing an effective public speaking style; learning how to facilitate discussions; developing activities that require active learning; critically evaluating and revising Safe Zone program curriculum; and marketing and outreach to the campus community. Students who demonstrate mastery of skills in this course will be eligible to become Safe Zone Trainers the following semester; in addition, they also have the option to apply to the Safe Zone Leadership Program in subsequent semesters for which they can earn internship credit. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or higher; completion of two full-time semesters at Geneseo; permission of instructor. Enrollment in the course is selective: students must complete an application to the course during the spring semester preceding the semester they wish to enroll. Credits: 2(2-0) Offered every fall.