Colleen Lutz Clemens, Ph.D., associate professor of Non-Western Literatures and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, earned her Ph.D. in Post-Colonial Literature at Lehigh University. Her dissertation focuses on issues of veiling in literature and studies the intersection of women’s issues in art and politics.

Previously, she earned her M.Ed. in English Education at DeSales University (where she still teaches courses on South Africa and English Composition) while teaching twelfth grade English in the public system.  She earned her undergraduate degrees in English and French Education from Penn State University where she was a Schreyer Scholar focusing on French drama.

Her academic work has been published in Feminist Formations and Journal of Postcolonial Writing.  She serves as an academic consultant for the Contemporary Literary Criticism series, where she focuses on postcolonial writing. She reviews novels by postcolonial authors for Mosaic Magazine and World Literature Today and scholarly texts about world issues and American culture for The Journal of American Culture.

Among her creative endeavors, she is the editor of several books of non-fiction including Philadelphia Reflections: Stories from the Delaware to the Schuylkill and has published short essays in various collections including Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists Her work on miscarriage and infertility has been published in many outlets including here at TRIVIA, in the collection Three Minus Oneand in Chatter House Press’s Biting the Bullet collection.

On the web, she is a staff writer for bitchflicks where she writes about issues of gender in popular films.  She has published pieces on Scary MommyLiterary Mama, and feministing.  She is an educational expert for noodle.com where she writes about diversity in literature and writing.  Her interests in teaching, world literature, and social justice issues come together in her blogging for Teaching Tolerance, a publication she has admired since her undergraduate days.

Colleen has been invited to several venues to talk about the depictions of Islamic veiling in literature and culture and is available for talks and publication invitations.  She is the 2016 Chair for the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Schools’ Women’s and Gender Studies Conference held at DeSales University in April 2016 and to be held at Muhlenberg College in 2017.  She is also the Kutztown delegate for the PASSHE Women’s Consortium and chair of its 2016 conference to be held at KU.

She lives in Bucks County with her partner, two dogs, and daughter. She can be reached at clemens@kutztown.edu or via her blog kupoco.wordpress.com.  Her professional editing, writing, and tutoring site is clemensphd.weebly.com.