Dissertation Advisor(s): Heather K. Love
"Erotics of Education: Queering Children in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Boarding Schools"
Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship, Humanities Center, University of Pittsburgh
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 with a certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies in 2017. She is a Dietrich School Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh affiliated with the programs in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and Childhood Studies/Children's Literature. She works at the intersection of queer, critical race, and childhood studies in twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture. Her book project explores productions of queer childhood in boarding schools established for racialized, criminalized, and disabled children in the Progressive Era. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, WSQ, Journal of Homosexuality, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Mary has contributed reviews to Public Books, Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, GLQ, and Studies in the Novel. She is a contributing editor at Public Books, where she edits the Shoptalk and Quizzical features.
At Penn, Mary was a Fontaine Fellow and the recipient of the Francis Hopkinson Fellowship, Phyllis Rackin Fellowship for Feminist Scholarship, Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Graduate Student, and the inaugural Ben Talks Humanities Prize. She 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 spearheaded organization for the Spring 2016 GSWS graduate conference, Protest. She also served as graduate mentor for Bryn Mawr College's Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program.
Mary has taught courses in gender, sexuality, and women's studies and literature at the University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Pittsburgh. She also taught in Penn's Pre-Freshman Program and served as the Writing Coordinator/PennCap liaison.