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Judith Raiskin

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-2566
  • Office: 321 Hendricks Hall
  • Office Hours: Spring 2018: Tues, 1-3, or by appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: English Department
  • Interests: Post-colonial literature and cultural studies focusing on gender and comparative feminist theory; Caribbean and Pacific Island studies; LGBT studies; and sexuality.


Judith Raiskin is currently working on a book project, Parenting Without Protection: How Legal Instability Shapes LGBT-Headed Households. Relying on interviews with gay, lesbian and transgender parents, this project examines how, in the context of legal instability in a variety of states, these parents make use of legal and extra-legal resources to secure their family relationships. This study seeks to understand how their need to craft disparate protections in the face of full legal stability has shaped these parents’ experiences as parents and community and state citizens.


  • Post-colonial literature
  • Travel writing and tourism
  • Queer Studies
  • Literature of migration
  • Pacific Island cultural studies



  • Snow on the Cane Fields: Women’s Writing and Creole Subjectivity (University of Minnesota Press, 1996)
  • Norton Critical Edition of Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (New York: WW Norton & Co., 1999)

Selected Articles

  • “’No One Belongs Here More Than You’: Travel Ads, Colonial Fantasies, and American Militarism,” Cross/Cultures: Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English (Rodopi, forthcoming)
  • “’Ask Your Travel Agent for the Nirvana You Have Coming’: Shangri-la for Sale,” Global Studies Journal (Volume 4, Issue 2, 2012).
  • “Telling Tales Out of School: Indigenous Knowledge and Pacific Island Literature,” Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific, Ed. Kathy Ferguson and Monique Mironesa (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008)
  • “Inverts and Hybrids: Lesbian Rewritings of Sexual and Racial Identities,” The Lesbian Postmodern. Ed. Laura Doan (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994).
  • “The Art of History: An Interview with Michelle Cliff,” The Kenyon Review ns. Vol. XV, no. 1 (Winter 1993), pp. 57-71.
  • “Jean Rhys: Creole Writing and Strategies of Reading,” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 22:4, October 1991, pp. 51-67.


Professor Raiskin received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley (1979), her M.A. from the University of Chicago (1982), and her Ph.D from Stanford University (1989).