Laura Ciolkowski is Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Social Difference and Adjunct Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature. She is also Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia and teaches in the Prison Education Program at the Columbia Center for Justice. She has taught in the English Department and the Women's Studies Program at Yale University, and the English Department at Wesleyan University, Barnard College and NYU. Her teaching and research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture, and travel literature. Courses include: "Writing and Politics"; "Genealogies of Feminism and Feminist Activism"; "Bodily Fictions and Feminist Theory"; "Gender and Technology"; "Travel Literature and Theory"; "Imperial Fantasies: The Literature of English Empire"; "Reinventing Literary History: Legacies of the Mediterranean"; “Literature Humanities” and "From Streetwalking to Housekeeping: Women and Work in America." Her work has been published in a range of journals, including: Twentieth Century Literature; Studies in the Novel; Genders; Novel: A Forum on Fiction; and Victorian Literature and Culture. She has recently written the introductions to new editions of Charles Dickens' American Notes for General Circulation; Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women; Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre; and has edited a collection of the Christmas stories of Louisa May Alcott. In addition to her scholarly research, Laura is a writer and book critic whose articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the New Yorker Magazine, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the LA Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Francisco Chronicle.