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Kathy McDonald

Kathy McDonald is an Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. Her work considers the relationship between class, culture, and politics in twentieth-century United States literature. McDonald's first book, Feminism, the Left, and Postwar Literary Culture, examines the cultural work of women writers on the Left in the United States in the years immediately following World War II. She argues that these cultural works anticipate issues about women's cultural and ideological oppression and the intersections of gender, race, and class that would become central tenants of feminist literary criticism and black feminist criticism in the 1970s and '80s. She has also published articles in various journals and edited volumes, including Black Scholar, Women's Studies Quarterly, Against the Current, Invisible Suburbs: Recovering Protest Fiction in the 1950s United States, Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, and Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society. In 2008, she guest edited a special issue of Working USA, on women and labor.

In the past few years, her work has shifted into the field of narrative medicine, a field that applies literary understanding to medical education, practice, and health care policy.Her current project examines the relationship between personal narratives, end-of-life care, and public policy advocacy.She has received numerous grants and awards to support her research, including several PSC-CUNY Research Awards, a CCNY Presidential Research Award, the Margaret Storrs Grierson Travel-to-Collections Fund award, and the Lillian S. Robinson Scholar award.

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