Susan Cumings

Degrees: Ph.D., Emory University

Brief Bio: Susan Cumings holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, and joined the Writing & Critical Inquiry Program in 2013, after ten years as English faculty and Coordinator of Women’s & Gender Studies at Georgia College & State University. Her current book project, Oddbodies and the Textual Performance of the Body/Politic, uses the fruitful tensions of queer and disability theory in approaches to studying transgender autobiography, exploring in particular the role of visual aesthetics in the work of social change. Her publications include the edited volume Imagination and the Public Sphere (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012) and articles on Jeanette Winterson, Nancy Mairs, and Toni Morrison. In addition to her scholarly work, she writes creative non-fiction, and has had two essays published in the Dos Passos Review. Susan Cumings also has served for over fifteen years on the Executive Board of the Southern Humanities Council, an interdisciplinary gathering of academics, artists, writers, and musicians.