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Iveta Jusova

Iveta Jusova

  • Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program in Europe, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Women's and Gender Studies


Iveta Jusová, Ph.D., directs the annual Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe program and teaches in Carleton’s WGST program. Prior to joining Carleton College in 2016, she taught at Antioch College and Antioch University for twelve years, where she offered courses in feminist and queer theory, feminist methodology, feminist epistemology, situated European feminisms, globalization and women, as well as nineteenth-century British literature and non-western postcolonial literature in translation.

Iveta has been an active scholar in British and Czech women’s literature, theatre and film, as well as in feminist and postcolonial studies. Her recent co-edited book (with Jiřina Šiklová), Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe (Indiana University Press, 2016), examines East-Central European and Czech dimensions and approaches to key gender, sexuality and ethnicity topics, and raises questions about the transfer of feminist concepts across cultures and languages. Her 2005 book, The New Woman and the Empire (OSUP), explored the intersections of gender and colonial issues in the work of several British New Women writers.

Education & Professional History

Palacky University (the Czech Republic), BA/MA;

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, Ph.D. in British Literature and Literary Theory, 2000.

At Carleton since 2016.

Languages Spoken

Highlights & Recent Activity


Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe. Co-edited with Jiřina Šiklová. Indiana University Press, 2016. (Heldt prize for the best book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's and Gender Studies)

The New Woman and the Empire: Gender, Racial, and Colonial Issues in Sarah Grand, George Egerton, Elizabeth Robins, and Amy Levy. Ohio State University Press, 2005 (Published in paperback in 2017).

Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Between Two Waves: Věra Chytilová & Jean-Luc Godard.” (co-authored with Dan Reyes). Studies in Eastern European Cinema. 10:1 (Spring 2019).

"Introduction." In Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe. Indiana University Press, 2016. 1-26.

"Situating Czech Identity: Postcolonial Theory and the ‘European Dividend.’" In Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe. Indiana University Press, 2016. 29-45.

"Vera Chytilova’s 1969 Fruit of Paradise: A Tale of a Feminine Aesthetic, Dancing Color and a Doll Who Killed the Devil." (co-authored with Dan Reyes). Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture and Media Studies 29:3 (December 2014): 65-91.

"Nomadic Encounters: Turning Difference Toward Dialogue." Co-authored with Kelsey Henry and Joy Westerman. The Subject of Rosi Braidotti: Concepts and Politics. Eds. Iris van der Tuin and Bolette Blaagaard. Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2014.

"Continental Feminist Philosophy Meets Intersectionality: Rosi Braidotti’s Work." In Why Race and Gender Still Matter: An Intersectional Approach. Eds. Namita Goswami, Maeve M. O’Dolovan and Lisa Yount. Cambridge UP: Pickering & Chatto, 2014.

"European Immigration and Continental Feminism: Theories of Rosi Braidotti." Feminist Theory12:1 (Spring 2011): 55-73.

"Figuring the Other in Nineteenth-Century Czech Literature: Gabriela Preissová and Bozena Viková Kunetická." In History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe. Vol. 4. Eds. Marcel Cornis-Pope and John Neubauer. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: J. Benjamins Press, 2010. 367-378.

"Hirsi Ali and van Gogh's Submission: Reinforcing the Islam vs. Women Binary." Women's Studies International Forum 31:2 (Spring 2008): 148-155.

"Przezroczysty Hidzab." Zadra: Pismo Feministyczne (Winter 2008): 34-38. In Polish. Translated by Beata Kozak.

"Said, Reuben Sachs, and Victorian Zionism" (co-authored with Dan Reyes). Social Text 87 (a memorial issue on Edward Said) (Summer 2006): 35-46.

"Gabriela Preissová's Women-Centered Texts: Subverting the Myth of the Homogeneous Nation."  Slavic and East European Journal 49:1 (Spring 2005): 63-78.

"Re-Inflecting Femininity on the Czech Fin-de-Siècle Stage: An Analysis of Hana Kvapilová's Acting Style."  Theatre History Studies 24 (June 2004): 35-56.

"George Egerton and the British Colonial Project." Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 19:1 (Spring 2000): 27-55 (reprinted in Nineteenth Century Criticism NCLC: Short Story Criticism. Ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau: Detroit: Gale, 2013).

"Feminismus na Národním divadle? Prípad Hany Kvapilové."  ["Feminism at the National Theatre? The Case of Hana Kvapilová."] Divadelní revue [Theatre Review] 3/2002 (September 2002): 3-17. In Czech.

"Imperialist Feminism: Colonial Issues in Sarah Grand's The Heavenly Twins and The Beth Book." English Literature in Transition 1880-1920 43:3 (September 2000): 298-315.

Book Reviews

Review of Women as Essential Citizens in the Czech National Movement, by Dasa Francikova (Lexington Books, 2017). Slavic Review 77:3 (2018).

Review of A Female Poetics of Empire: From Eliot to Woolf, by Julia Kuehn (NY: Routledge, 2014). Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 10:2 (2014).

Review of X Marks the Spot: Women Writers Map the Empire for the British Children, 1790-1895, by Megan Norcia (Ohio UP, 2010). Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 57-58 (2010).

Review of Romantic Liars: Obscure Women Who Became Impostors and Challenged an Empire, by Debbie Lee (Palgrave, 2006). Nineteenth-Century Literature 64:2 (2009): 274-276.

Review of Feminist Realism at the Fin de Siècle: The Influence of the Late-Victorian Woman’s Press on the Development of the Novel, by Molly Youngkin (OSUP, 2007).  Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 4:1 (2008): 216-17.

Recent Grants and Awards

Mellon Public Works Initiative Grant, Carleton College, “Panel Story: Photo Exhibition and Catalogue.” With photographer Jindřich Štreit. Summer-Fall 2019.

Mellon Public Works Initiative Grant, Carleton College, “Panel Story: The Life of a Community.” With photographer Jindřich Štreit. Summer-Fall 2018.

Heldt Prize for the Best Book in Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian Women's and Gender Studies for the year 2017, AWSS.

Research Fellowship ($3,000), Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, June 2015.

Recent Presentations

Presentation and discussion of Czech Feminisms at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, November 2, 2017. Organized by the Czech Academy of Sciences (the Institute of Sociology) and the Gender Studies Center.

NPR Interview for Book Nook (with Vick Mickunas, WYSO). July 26, 2017.

 “The European Dividend: Situating East-Central European Gender Issues.” Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. March 29, 2017. Invited speaker.

 “Human Trafficking as Aberration: The Post-Cold War Reframing of Precarity.” With Jennifer Suchland. NOISE Summer School in WS: Biopolitics, Necropolitics, Cosmopolitics. Feminist and Queer Interventions. Utrecht University, the Netherlands, August 26, 2015.

"On the Use of Post-Colonial Theory in Situating Eastern European Gender Issues: the Concept of the European Dividend." The Association of Women in Slavic Studies Conference, Lexington, KY, March 3-5, 2015.

"Leading WGS Study Abroad Programs: Challenges and Opportunities." The National Women's Studies Association Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 15, 2014.

"Ibsen and the Actress: Hana Kvapilová in Ibsen's Roles." The First Actresses Symposium. The Ohio State University Theatre Department, Columbus, May 23-24, 2014.

"Vera Chytilová’s Fruit of Paradise: Feminism by Any Other Name." The National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Cincinnati, November 7-10, 2013.


Courses Taught This Year

  • WGST 325: Women's & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Continental Feminist, Queer, Trans* Theories (Fall 2019)
  • WGST 244: Women's & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Cross-Cultural Feminist Methodologies (Fall 2019)
  • WGST 243: Women's and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe (Fall 2019)
  • WGST 110: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (Spring 2020)
Profile updated May 31, 2019

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