Professor of English
L.H. Favrot Professor of Humanities
Chair, Department of English
Rosemary Hennessy joined the faculty at Rice in 2006 with an appointment as Professor in the Department of English. She served as Director for the Center of the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from 2006-2015, and she currently chairs the department of English. 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 Fire on the Border: The Passionate Politics of Labor Organizing on the Mexican Frontera (2013); Profit and Pleasure: Sexual Identities in Late Capitalism (2000); Materialist Feminism and the Politics of Discourse (1993); the edited collections, NAFTA From Below: Maquiladora Workers, Campesinos, and Indigenous Communities Speak Out on the Impact of Free Trade in Mexico (with Martha Ojeda, 2007) and Materialist Feminism: A Reader in Class, Difference, and Women's Lives (with Chrys Ingraham, 1997), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. She has contributed to critical handbooks on Feminist Theory, Critical and Cultural Studies, and the online web resource Keywords for Radicals. Her research and teaching interests include feminist theory, sexuality studies, and U.S.-Mexican studies, and twentieth century American literature. Her current research project addresses the radical intimacies of writers on the Left in the 1930s.