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Linda Mizejewski

Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, 2019

Linda Mizejewski has been at Ohio State since 1991, when she was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of English. She is now a Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, specializing in cinema studies and popular culture. She is the author of Divine Decadence: Fascism, Female Spectacle and the Makings of Sally Bowles (1992); Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema (1999); Hardboiled and High Heeled: the Woman Detective in Popular Culture (2004); and It Happened One Night (2010), a study of the landmark film for the Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Film and Television. Her most recent monograph, Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics (2015) has won honorable mention for two national book prizes. She is also the co-editor of the anthology Hysterical! American Women in Comedy (2017), winner of the Susan Koppelman Prize from the Popular Culture Association. She is currently working on a book about the television series "The Americans" and an anthology on Carrie Fisher.

Mizejewski has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Slovakia and Romania, and her research has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. At Ohio State, she has won the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and the Harlan Hatcher Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2002, she moved from the Department of English to the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she served as chair and has developed new courses in popular culture and women’s literature, as well as a service-learning course, "Feminist Perspectives on Addiction." She serves on the board of the Collegiate Recovery Community on campus and is a speaker for the Ohio Humanities Council. 

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