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Iveta Jusova

Iveta Jusova

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

Peer-Reviewed Books

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).

Digital Humanities

Panel Story: The Life of a Community. Pameti trí paneláku: život jedné komunity. Digital Humanities project financed by Carleton’s Mellon grant Public Works: Arts & Humanities Connecting Communities. With Jindrich Štreit (photograps), 2018-2019.

The project includes a bilingual website, a photo exhibition (Galerie Kupé, 11/21-12/4, 2019, Opava) and Pameti trí paneláku. Panel Story book (Opava: Surbanz, 2019).

Selected Peer-Reviewed Articles and Chapters

“Feminism and Women’s Rights Activism in the Interwar Czechoslovak Republic.” Co-authored with Karla Huebner. The Routledge International Handbook to Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Eds. Fabian, Johnson and Lazda. Forthcoming.

“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.

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

"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.

"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).

Grants and Awards

Carleton’s Mellon-funded initiative (Public Works: Arts & Humanities Connecting Communities) grant, “Panel Story: Photo Exhibition and Catalogue.” With photographer Jindřich Štreit. Summer-Fall 2019.

Carleton’s Mellon-funded initiative (Public Works: Arts & Humanities Connecting Communities) grant, “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, Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, June 2015.


“The Panel Story, an Oral History & Photography Project.” Photo exhibition opening and public discussion. With Jirí Sioszstrzonek, Jindrich Štreit and Vojtech Kostka. Gallery Kupé, Opava, the Czech Republic, November 21, 2019.

Czech Feminisms. 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 110: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (Spring 2020)
  • GWSS 110: Introduction to Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies (Fall 2020)
  • GWSS 110: Introduction to Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies (Winter 2021)
Profile updated October 18, 2020

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