Member NameProject
Carol AscherA Stalwart Allegiance: The Life of Mary Todd
Patricia AusposMarriage and career in the lives of five late-19th/early-20th-century women
Susan BarileThe Letters of Edith Wharton to Bernard & Mary Berenson
Evelyn Barish Current: Memoir and Sea Change: Women Artists Abroad
Previous: The Double Life of Paul De Man (2014)
Lynne BermontDina Vierny
Louise BernikowVote for Women NY: The Campaign for the City.
Sallie BinghamBio of Doris Duke; "The Silver Swan. In Search of Doris Duke" (Farrar,Straus,Giroux, 2002); Treason a collection of a play, short story and a novella (Sarabande Books, 2002)
Annette BlaugrundCurrent: Annette Blaugrund memoir and studio of Thomas Cole
Previous: The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth, A Brandywine River Visionary( 2017).
Abigail Burnham BloomCurrently working on:
(1) Key Popular Women Writers: Geraldine Jewsbury
(2) Leading the Way for Victorian Women: Geraldine Jewsbury and Victorian Culture
Alexis BoylanBoylan is the author of Ashcan Art, Whiteness, and the Unspectacular Man (2017). She recently curated an exhibition about painter Ellen Emmet Rand and her edited collection on Rand will be published in 2020. Her next book project focuses on the art created for the American Museum of Natural History.
Rachel Brownstein18th century satiric prints and the novel
Elizabeth BrunazziAndree Viollis et Elsa Triolet, deux femmes ecrivaines et journalistes dans la presse clandestine de la Resistance et l'apres-guerre. This project is a continuation of my research and publication on the career and writing of international French correspondent Andree Viollis.
Mary Ann CawsMina Loy, Alice Paalen Rahon, surrealism essays
Kathy ChamberlainJane Welsh Carlyle and Her Victorian World: A Story of Love, Work, Friendship, and Marriage (2017)
Norah ChaseElba Chase Nelson, head of the Communist Party of NH 1934-1961
Bell ChevignyMemoir of Important Friendships with Women
Karen Christensen Too Near the Flame: Valerie Eliot, Sophia Mumford, and the Price We Pay for Love is bio-memoir about women and power.
Ava ChinFamily memoir set in turn-of-the-century New York's Chinatown.
Heather ClarkBiography of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath
Barbara Flug ColinMemoir
Sally CookSally Cook is currently working on an authorized biography of Maureen Connolly, the number one female tennis player in the world in the early 1950s. Connolly had a spectacular career that was cut short when she was 19. Cook is also working on an illustrated history of women playing baseball.

An award-winning author of eight books for both children and adults, Cook wrote a weekly column for the Associated Press and has written features for many national magazines. She has enjoyed teaching creative writing to children. In 2008 Cook established a program to bring authors and illustrators to hospitalized children in the New York City area
Blanche Wiesen CookEleanor Roosevelt, Volume III (2016)
Betty Boyd CaroliCurrent: American women in Venice
Previous: Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that made A President (2015).
Kate CulkinPrevious: Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography (2010). Current project: a joint biography of Ellen Tucker Emerson & Edith Forbes Emerson, daughters of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
June CumberbatchLiaison, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies
Dâna-Ain DavisLiaison with CUNY Graduate Center, Women and Gender Studies.
Rebecca DonnerAll the Frequent Trouble of Our Days (forthcoming: Little, Brown).
Barbara FisherCurrent project: Lionel Trilling, Literary and cultural critic of mid-century America.
Jennifer Fleischner (on leave)Mrs Lincoln & Mrs Keckly, Elizabeth Heyrick, Br abolitionist.
Ruth FranklinPrevious: Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life (2016), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
Current: a short biography of Anne Frank for the Yale Jewish Lives series (projected 2022)
Sara B. FranklinSara B. Franklin is a writer, oral historian, wife, and mother of twins. She studied documentary radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Duke Center for Documentary Studies, and earned her PhD from NYU's food studies program and teaches writing, oral history, and food studies at NYU's Gallatin School for Individualized Study and via NYU's Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility. She lives with her family in the Hudson Valley.
Johanna GarfieldContinuing work on Willard Roosevelt and his family, He was a grandson of Teddy and a longtime neighbor of ours in Mass.
Allison GilbertElsie Robinson biography
Sherry Gorelick"On the Road to Peace" Collective biography of N Am Jewish Feminists & the Isreali Palestinian conflict.
Linda GrassoEqual Under the Sky: Georgia O'Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism
Barbara GrayBio. of 19th-century criminal Sophie Lyons: Queen of the Underworld: the Story of America's most notorious con woman.
Rachel GreenfieldBiography of Rose Knox - President of Knox Gelatine (1908-1948) and admired American female business leader, now forgotten
Kathryn HearstHistorian working on book, "Phoebe Apperson Hearst: Civic Builder of the West"; Biographical article, "Mother and Son: Phoebe Apperson Hearst & William Randolph Hearst"
Dorothy O. HellyFlora Shaw, Lady Lugard (1852-1929), novelist, journalist, champion of Empire.
Barbara HornLiterary Images of Farm Women - Farmed Out: Women in the Heartland.
Gail HornsteinPrevious biographies: To Redeem One Person is to Redeem the World: The Life of Frieda Fromm-Reichmann (2000) and Agnes’s Jacket: A Psychologist’s Search for the Meanings of Madness (2009). Our Minds and Each Other.
Polly HowellsFamily memoir.
Sheila IsenbergAfter four biographies, including Muriel's War (Muriel Gardiner) and A Hero of Our Own (Varian Fry), I am working on a proposal for Mad, Bad and Dangerous, a look at the subject of women and true crime from a sociological and psychological perspective.
Diane JacobsPrevious Project: Dear Abigail: The Intimate Lives and Revolutionary Ideas of Abigail Adams and Her Two Remarkable Sisters (2014). Currently: A biography of Edith Wharton during her Paris years 1907 - 1920.
Marjorie G. JonesSubject of my first biography, Frances Yates and the Hermetic Tradition (2008), Frances Yates has now become a sleuth: Recently published "In the Convent" takes place in Mexico and "In the Meeting", which takes place in Philadelphia, is scheduled for publication in 2021.
Eve KahnPromoting 2019 bio of artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907), planning book on writer Zoe Anderson Norris (1860-1914), known as a Queen of Bohemia
Carla KaplanMiss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (2013), a group biography of the 1920s. Currently: biography of Jessica Milford.
Jane LancasterI am thinking about the posthumous reputation of Madame Eliza Jumel, a self-made 19th century New Yorker. The story of her early life became fake news writ large when relatives fought over her fortune and her very real achievements have been overwhelmed by scandal. Author of "Making Time: Lillian Moller Gilbreth, A Life Beyond Cheaper By the Dozen."
Patricia LaurencePrevious: Lily Briscoe's Chinese Eyes: Bloomsbury, Modernism and China (2003), group biography of literary communities in England and China;
recent biography, Elizabeth Bowen, A Literary Life, 2nd ed. (2021).
Current: Memoir, Young Adult Biography
Gail LevinPrevious biographies: Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography (1995; 2nd edition 2007); Becoming Judy Chicago (2007); Lee Krasner: A Biography (2011). Currently: Memoir about working on Edward & Jo Hopper at the Whitney Museum and discovered a thief in the form of a Baptist Preacher
Laurie LisleMy memoir, Word for Word: A Writer's Memoir, is about the writing life. My biographies are Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life
Sarah M. LoweFamily memoir: beginning in Paris 1914 where my grandmother went from NYC to study voice with Yvette Guilbert.
Elizabeth Macaulay-LewisLiaison, CUNY Graduate Center, MA in Liberal Studies
Emily Arnold McCullyAuthor/Illustrator of award-winning children's and Y/A biographies of women.
Sara McDougallShe has written about bigamy, adultery, marriage, crime, and illegitimate children in medieval Europe and is now writing about women surviving illicit pregnancy in medieval France.
Honor MooreCurrently: Memoir of my mother Jenny McKean Moore
Marnie MuellerMary Mon Toy, Nisei showgirl who had been interned during WW 11, a memoir and biography of our friendship in the shadow of the Internment of Japanese Americans.
Dona Munker"Sara and Erskine: An American Romance" (working title)
Janice NimuraDaughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back (2015), The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women--and Women to Medicine (2021)
Jill NorgrenWriting the book "Her Hat Was in the Ring," with Wendy Chmielewski. We set the campaigning and wins/losses of U.S. women who ran for elective office, 1853-1920, in historical and political context.
Victoria OlsenMemoir of my father and grandfather's careers in art and design. Previous biography: From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography.
Sreca Perunovic A memoir about my two lives: The first one in the former Yugoslavia and the second my American life.
Carla PetersonI am currently working on a book tentatively titled, "Urbanity and Taste: The Making of African American Modernity in Antebellum Philadelphia and New York." Previous biography: Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (2011), including archive.
Victoria PhillipsVictoria Phillips is the author of Martha Graham’s Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy, which explores the international political life of Martha Graham to promote the United States on in over thirty nations for every presidential administration from Franklin D. Roosevelt through George H.W. Bush.She is a Visiting Fellow and Guest Lecturer at the London School of Economics, Associated Faculty at the Harriman Institute, director of the Cold War Archival Research project (CWAR), Columbia University. Her next project is a political biography of Eleanor Lansing Dulles and her years in divided Austria and Berlin, 1945-1961.
Susan QuinnSusan Quinn’s most recent book is Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That
Shaped a First Lady. She also wrote A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen
Horney, Marie Curie: A Life, and Furious Improvisation: How the WPA and
a Cast of Thousands Made High Art Out of Desperate Times. Current Project: A group biography of the political women who influenced Eleanor
Roosevelt (Esther Lape, Molly Dewson, Nan Cook, Marion Dickerman,
Mary McLeod Bethune, Rose Schneiderman)
Amy ReadingCurrent project: Katharine S. White Edits the New Yorker, about the first and longtime fiction editor of the magazine. Previous book: The Mark Inside: A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con (a creative nonfiction biography of a mark, Frank Norfleet)
Harriet Rose ReisenPrevious biography: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2009). Currently: On the Cover of Time: A Memoir in Songs
Roxana Robinson Roxana Robinson is the author of ten books, from Georgia O’Keeffe: A life to Dawson’s Fall. She has received fellowships from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation. Four of her books were New York Times Notables. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, The New York Times. She is President Emerita of the Authors Guild, and teaches at Hunter College.
Stacy SchiffCleopatra: A Life (2010); The Witches: Salem, 1692 (2015).
Dee ShapiroGrandma Sarah, a Fictional Biography (tentative title) of my grandmother, an ILGWU member,witness to the Triangle Factory Fire. She lived to 105. Art exhibitions, October 2014 - June 2015. Curated Exhibition "Tailored" May 2015. www.deeshapiro.com
Alix Kates ShulmanPrevious memoir: To Love What Is: a marriage transformed (2008) and Menage, a novel (2012). Currently: The Visionaries, a novel about 1960s radical feminist activists in their old age (now).
Sydney Ladensohn SternPrevious: Gloria Steinem: Her Passions, Politics, and Mystique (1997). The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics, about Herman and Joseph L. Mankiewicz (2019)
Nancy Rubin StuartPrevious biographies: The Reluctant Spiritualist: The Life of Maggie Fox and The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation. Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married (2013), double biography of Peggy Shippen Arnold and Lucy Flicker Knox. Currently: Historical Novel on early 20th century dancer.
Terese SvobodaPrevious: Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical poet. In development: Hitler and My Mother-in-Law
Julia Van Haaften Berenice Abbott (1898-1991), American photographer, inventor, writer, teacher. "Masters of Photography” (Aperture 2015). "A Life in Photography” (W. W. Norton 2018). In development: memoir on my career in photography at NYPL, 1974-2001.
Patricia ValentiAs co-author with Rosalind Boone Williams, Serving Time Too: A Memoir of My Son's Prison Years (Hamilton, 2019). Previous biographies: To Myself a Stranger: A Biography of Rose Hawthorne Lathrop (LSU Press, 1991); Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, 2 Vols. (University of Missouri Press, 2004, 2015)
Frances VietaLooter's Paradise, Recovering Italy's Plundered Treasures. A historical novel "Love in the land of Barefoot Soldiers"
Lise VogelMemoir, set in part during the Spanish Civil War and provisionally titled "Sidney and Lisa: My Father, His Lover, and Myself".
Sheila WellerAuthor of Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge
Kate WennerKate Wenner is the author of two novels, Setting Fires and Dancing with Einstein, and Shamba Letu, a memoir of living in a village in Tanzania. She is completing a new memoir, Rainbow Road, which examines the roots of her mother's pathological narcissism and the legacy of that history in her own life.
Brenda Wineapple"White Heat" about the friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson published by Knopf(2008). "Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis, Compromise,1848 -1877" (much about women's suffrage) published by Harper, 2013. Currently, a book about the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. Random House.
Jean Fagan YellinHarriet Jacobs
Michele ZackheimMemoir of a Biographer.