Ph.D., English / Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 2011
Doctoral Certificate in Women’s Studies
Doctoral Certificate in Composition, Literacy, and Pedagogy
M.A., English, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2000
B.A., English, Allegheny College, 1997
As a scholar, Maggie Rehm is motivated by a powerful interest in the roles American women writers and those “othered” by race, ethnicity, class, disability, etc., have played as contributors to theory, literature, and theatre. In particular, she studies American Literature written as part of social justice/activist movements (such as abolitionist poetry and women’s suffrage literature). She also writes about American women poets and playwrights, the recovery of diverse forgotten writers, alterity in American Literature, and feminist/gender theories and pedagogies. She served as an invited guest co-editor of a special issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal on feminist poet and public intellectual, Adrienne Rich, which was published in 2017.
As a teacher, Maggie is interested in educational equity and in the rhetorical strategies that give a student writer authority. She works to identify ways that classroom space can be used to create a productive environment for all learners (including first-generation college students, racial/ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities). She creates syllabi with reading lists that reflect the diversity of humankind and invites students to explore the idea of the canon from multiple points of view. She also works to help student writers develop strategies that lead to academic success without erasure of individual voice or cultural identity.
- American Literature and Culture (especially women and minority authors)
- Poetry and Poetics
- Social Justice Literature, Theatre and Performance
- Intersections of “Otherness”
- Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Gender Theory and Critical Race Theory
- Feminist Pedagogy
“‘try telling yourself / you are not accountable’: Adrienne Rich as Citizen Poet.” Women’s Studies: An Inter-disciplinary Journal 46.7 (2017): 684-703.
With Jeannette E. Riley and Meredith Benjamin. Introduction to Adrienne Rich. 46.7 (2017): 607-609.
Review of Mary Chapman’s Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 20.1 (March 2016).
“Agency and Activism as Elements in a ‘Pedagogy of Hope’: Moving Beyond ‘This Class is Depressing.’” Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America. Ed. Kristin Haltinner and Ryanne Pilgeram. Springer, 2016. 207-214.
“Community Action Project: Understanding Gender Inequities through Activism.” Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America. Ed. Kristin Haltinner and Ryanne Pilgeram. Springer, 2016. 312-316.
Review of Kate Davy’s Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers: Staging the Unimaginable at the WOW Café Theatre. Critical Quarterly 54.1 (April 2012): 114-118.
Review of Judith E. Barlow’s Women Writers of the Provincetown Players and Barbara Ozieblo and Jerry Dickey’s Susan Glaspell and Sophie Treadwell. Theatre Journal 62.4 (Dec. 2010): 700-01.
- Founder and Co-President of PFLAG Moscow, an organization aimed at building a more inclusive and diverse community, Aug 2014-present.
- Director of the Rainbow Directory Project, an outreach and education initiative, 2016-present.