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Mary Zaborskis

2017 Ph.D. Graduate
Dissertation Advisor(s): Heather K. Love
"Erotics of Education: Queering Children in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Boarding Schools"

Senior Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University

A.B. English and Psychology, Bryn Mawr College (2012)
M.A. English, University of Pennsylvania (2013)
Ph.D. English, University of Pennsylvania (2017)

Mary Zaborskis earned her PhD in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and is now a Senior Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University. She works at the intersections of queer, critical race, and childhood studies in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture. Her manuscript-in-progress examines the management of childhood sexuality in boarding schools established for marginalized populations beginning in the late-nineteenth century. Mary is a 2015 recipient of the Phyllis Rackin Graduate Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities, and she received a 2015-2016 Hopkinson Fellowship from the School of Arts and Sciences. Her teaching was recognized with a Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students in 2017. Her work has appeared in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Homosexuality. Mary has contributed reviews to Public Books, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. She is a contributing editor at Public Books.

Mary was the 2015-2017 Graduate Associate for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS) Program and was also the GSWS Social Media Outreach Coordinator. She served as president of the Graduate English Association, coordinated the English Department's Gender and Sexuality Studies Reading Group, Prospective Students Visit, and was a graduate advisor to the Latino/a Studies Search Committee. Mary helped organize the Fall 2013 Queer Method conference and more recently organized the Spring 2016 GSWS graduate conference, Protest.

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