Ph.D., Brown Univ. (1974)
A.B., Vassar College (1966)
Trained in American Studies, Joan Hedrick's teaching and research are deeply interdisciplinary. She founded the Trinity Women's Studies Program in the 1980s and worked with faculty to reconfigure it as the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program. Challenging assumptions about cultural power, her teaching has been concerned with questions such as: how do we know what we know? by whose authority? what hidden assumptions are embedded in received truths? Her scholarship has attempted to redraw the map of literary history to include more works by noncanonical writers.