Deborah Nelson

English Language & Literature

Deborah Nelson is Associate Professor of English and Deputy Provost for Graduate Education. Her research interests include late 20th-century American literature, gender studies, American ethnic literature, poetry and poetics, autobiography, photography, and Cold War history. Her book, Pursuing Privacy in Cold War America, was published by Columbia University Press, 2002. She is currently completing her manuscript Tough Broads, which explores the unsentimental, rigorous, and often “heartless” view of pain (borrowing a term from Hannah Arendt) in the work of some of the twentieth-century's most prominent women artists and intellectuals.