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School of Humanities, Education, Justice & Social Sciences

Stephanie Athey, Ph.D.

Office: Winslow

Tel: 617-243-2312



  • Ph.D. in American Literature, University of Minnesota;
  • B.A. in English, Denison University

Stephanie Athey is a scholar of race, gender and literary studies, with particular expertise in women and gender studies and American literatures in transnational perspective. She has published on race and reproductive technology, eugenic feminisms in black and white women's organizations of the late 19th century, and colonial discourse in the Americas.

Her recent publications examine the public discourse of torture in American culture, including "The Terrorist We Torture: The Tale of Abdul Hakim Murad," (South Central Review, May 2007) and "Torture: Alibi and Archetype in US News and Law Since 2001," in Culture Trauma Conflict: Cultural Studies Perspectives on War, (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007). She is editor of “Sharpened Edge: Women of Color, Resistance and Writing(Praeger, 2003), a collection of transnational feminist scholarship concerning the armed resistance, human rights organizing, cultural resistance in the arts, and development strategies of women of color and indigenous women in Africa, India and the Americas. Her book-in-progress, Torture's Echo, investigates representations of torture in American print journalism, recent military and detainee memoirs from Afghanistan, Guantánamo and Iraq, and fiction by major novelists since 2001.

Stephanie Athey was Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights in 2006, and she is 2007-2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Faculty Leadership Award in Teaching and Service, one of six university and college faculty state-wide so recognized by Massachusetts Campus Compact. She is actively involved in community-based research and advocacy, serving from 1995-2003 as Research Associate of the William Monroe Trotter Institute for Black Culture at University of Massachusetts Boston and an evaluator at HOPE, the Hispanic Office of Planning and Evaluation, in Jamaica Plain. She helped Lasell students found Niños de Veracruz, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit which provides elementary school scholarships for children of poor coffee and cane workers in Mexico. Over forty children have received tuition awards and educational support from this organization.