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During her RU-N career, Frances Bartkowski has had an impact on many students’ lives as a mentor as well as a teacher, in a broad range of disciplines. She was director of the RU-Newark Women’s Studies Program, the oldest such program at Rutgers, from 1989-2002, and remains involved as an affiliate member of the program, now called Women's and Gender Studies. She is currently chair of the Department of English. She also works closely with graduate students in the American Studies doctoral program, and the English Department master’s program.
In 2013 Bartkowski team-taught a course about the HBO show The Wire with Sherri-Ann Butterfield, professor of sociology/anthropology and Faculty of Arts & Sciences associate dean. In a 2014 series of events inspired by that show and focused on Newark, Bartkowski and Professor Roland Anglin, director of the Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, interviewed Michael K. Williams (aka ”Omar”), one of four actors in The Wire who spoke at Rutgers during that year.
Bartkowski is the author of Feminist Utopias, 1989; Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates, 1995; and Kissing Cousins: A Kinship Bestiary, 2008.
Frances Bartkowski has taught courses in feminist theory, literature and criticism, memoir and autobiography, travel writing, utopian fiction, 20th century American and European fiction, and authors Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood, Edith Wharton, and Willa Cather.
In 2012 Bartkowski was recognized by the Rutgers Office of Faculty Diversity Initiatives at a ceremony on the New Brunswick campus. She was cited for her leadership as English department chair which “contributed to a significant increase in the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the faculty, as well as in its scholarly achievements, demonstrating conclusively that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand.”
Bartkowski’s research interests include feminism, animal studies, trauma and memory studies.