Susan Carlson


Department of English


Since 1980, I have been teaching courses in drama, literature, and women's studies at ISU. Recent graduate courses include "Shakespeare and Critical Theory," "Political Theatre," and "Women Playwrights." At the undergraduate level I have taught a wide variety of courses from "Introduction to Literature" and "First Year Composition" to "Modern Drama," "Shakespeare," "Literary Theory and Criticism," and "Contemporary British Literature." I have also taught courses in Women's Studies, including "Survey of Women's Literature" and "Introduction to Women's Studies." In the summer of 1996 and again in the summer of 1999 Professor Michael Mendelson and I will teach a course in London, England, entitled "London, Literature, and Theatre."


I am currently serving as Assistant Chair for Faculty Development in the department and coordinating the work of the Faculty Development Committee and the Publicity and Communications Committee. I have previously served as the Chair of the Research Committee and the Chair of Undergraduate Studies. At the college and university levels, I have served as the chair of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Promotion and Tenure Committee, as a member of the University Committee to Review ISU Promotion and Tenure Criteria and Procedures, and as a member of the University Honors Committee.


My research has been focused generally on issues of gender and theatre. After completing my book on Women and Comedy, I have been working on two projects, a study of women's various roles in the contemporary theatre, and a study of early twentieth-century suffrage theatre and its connections to the staging of Shakespearean comedies during the same time.

203 Ross Hall, Department of English, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 USA; phone (515) 294-7692; fax (515) 294-6814; e-mail