Professor of English
L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities
Rosemary Hennessy joined the faculty at Rice in 2006 as Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality with an appointment as Professor in the Department of English. She continued to serve as Director until 2015. She received her Ph.D. in English from Syracuse University, her M.A. in English from Temple University, and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Her publications include NAFTA From Below: Maquiladora Workers, Campesinos, and Indigenous Communities Speak Out on the Impact of Free Trade in Mexico (2006); Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism (2000); Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women’s Lives (1997); and Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse (1993) as well as numerous articles. Her research and teaching interests include feminist culture theory, sexuality studies, and U.S.-Mexican studies. She has recently completed a book on the cultures of labor organizing in northern Mexico, titled Fires on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).