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Members

Member NameProject
Carol AscherWorking on a long biographical essay on Mary Todd, a classmate who left for Cuba, where she worked as an English teacher, interpreter and translator until she died.
Patricia AusposMarriage and career in the lives of five late-19th/early-20th-century women
Deirdre BairParisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, and Me (a Memoir), pub date November 12, 2019.
Susan BarileThe Letters of Edith Wharton to Bernard & Mary Berenson
Evelyn Barish The Double Life of Paul De Man (2014).
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 BlaugrundThe Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth, A Brandywine River Visionary( 2017). Also working on a memoir
Kate BolickPreviously biography: Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (Crown, 2015. Currently: a book about romantic friendship, as seen through the experiences of Isadora Duncan, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Duke Ellington.
Betty Boyd CaroliCurrent: American women in Venice
Previous: Lady Bird and Lyndon: The Hidden Story of a Marriage that made A President (2015).
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 Brunazzi"Storm over Afghanistan": Andree Viollis, a "Grand Reporter" and Civil War in Afghanistan, 1929, An English translation with historical introduction. Andree Viollis took the first air flight of her life over the Hindu Kush mountain range to report on a civil war raging in Afghanistan in 1929 for the Paris daily LE PETIT PARISIEN. As far as is known, she was the only reporter in Kabul at the time, and the first woman to report from the ground on Afghanistan. One of the principal issues over which the war was fought concerned the proposed education of women by the reigning monarch, westernizer Amanullah.
Abigail Burnham BloomCurrently working on:
(1) Key Popular Women Writers: Geraldine Jewsbury
(2) Leading the Way for Victorian Women: Geraldine Jewsbury and Victorian Culture
Mary Ann CawsAfter biographies of Dora Maar, Virginia Woolf, Picasso, Dali, and Henry James, the "Selected Writings of Vita Sackville-West," and " Glorious Modernists: Women Writing and Painting", and a memoir "To the Boathouse,"" I am publishing "Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism", this June, and preparing the writings of Alice Paalen Rahon for New York Review Books.
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.
Laura ClaridgeThe Lady with the Borzoi: Blanche Knopf (2016)
Heather ClarkBiography of American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath
Barbara Flug ColinMemoir
Blanche Wiesen CookEleanor Roosevelt, Volume III (2016)
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.
Lynda DoddAlice Paul and other suffragists
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 FranklinRuth Franklin is the author of Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography.
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: 20th century newspaper columnist.
Sherry Gorelick"On the Road to Peace" Collective biography of N Am Jewish Feminists & the Isreali Palestinian conflict.
Linda M. 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 can woman.
Kathryn Hearst Phoebe Hearst: Civic Builder of the West. The Cinema of Barbara Kopple: American Activist.
Grace HechingerAlva Vanderbilt: Socialite and suffragist. Also Memoir
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. JonesFrances Yates & the Hermetic Tradition (Ibis, 2008); The Life & Times of Mary Vaux Walcott (Schiffer, 2015); In the Cards: A Frances Yates Mystery (Ibis, 2018)
Eve KahnLecturing on new bio of artist Mary Rogers Williams (1857-1907), planning book on writer Zoe Anderson Norris (1860-1914)
Carla KaplanMiss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance (2013), a group biography of the 1920s. Currently: biography of Jessica Milford.
Nancy Kline"Parloir" a long narrative essay which recounts two weeks I spent interviewing imprisoned mothers in the Central Prison of a Francophone country in Sub-Saharan Africa. This essay will complete a collection of creative nonfictions entitled OTHER GEOGRAPHIES.
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 Laurence
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 LisleI'm the author of Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and Louise Nevelson: A Passionate Life. My forthcoming memoir is titled Word for Word: A Writer's Memoir
Sarah M. LoweFamily memoir: beginning in Paris 1914 where my grandmother went from NYC to study voice with Yvette Guilbert.
Jane MaherFriendship between Eleanor Roosevelt & Mary McLeod Bethune.
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.
Michele MitchellPauli Murray, lawyer and activist for civil rights and women’s rights
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). Currently: Biography of Elizabeth & Emily Blackwell, pioneering women doctors.
Jill NorgrenU.S. Women Who Ran for Elective Office, 1853-1920
Victoria OlsenPrevious biography: From Life: Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography. Currently: family memoir about my father's art career in NYC
Sreca Perunovic A memoir about my two lives: The first one in the former Yugoslavia and the second my American life.
Carla PetersonPrevious biography: Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City (2011), including archive. Currently: African American Modernity in the Antebellum Urban North.
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 Lecturer in History at the European Institute and Department of History, Associated Faculty at the Harriman Institute, director of the Cold War Archival Research project (CWAR), and Visiting Fellow in the Department of International History at the London School of Economics. Her next project is a political biography of Eleanor Lansing Dulles.
Amy ReadingCurrent project: Katharine S. White Edits the New Yorker, about the first and longtime fiction editor of the magazine.
Harriet Rose ReisenPrevious biography: Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (2009). Currently: On the Cover of Time: A Memoir in Songs
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). Fall 2019 publication: The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics, about Herman and Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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 SvobodaAnything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical poet.
Julia Van HaaftenBerenice 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 ValentiPrevious biography: Sophia Peabody Hawthorne: A Life, Volume 1, 1809-1847. Sophia Peabody Hawthorne, A Life, Volume 2, was published in 2015. Currently: Catalog of extant letters by Sophia Peabody Hawthorne. Co-author of Rosalind Boone Williams' Serving Time Too: A Memoir of My Son's Prison Years (Hamilton, 2019)
Frances VietaLooter's Paradise, Recovering Italy's Plundered Treasures. A historical novel "Love in the land of Barefoot Soldiers"
Lise VogelStill working on my memoir, set in part during the Spanish Civil War and provisionally titled "Sidney and Lisa: My Father, His Lover, and Myself".
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.
Donez XiquesPrevious biography: Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer (2005). Environmental Project - South Mountain Reservation, New Jersey.
Jean Fagan YellinPrevious biographies: Harriet Jacobs: A Life (2004); The Harriet Jacobs Family Papers (2008). In Contempt: Family Memoir re: McCarthyism.
Michele ZacheimMemoir of a Biographer.