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Professor Kathleen Butterly Nigro

Dr. Kathleen Butterly Nigro

Director of Gender Studies Program
Founding Member of Kate Chopin Society of North America

She earned her Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University, a Master’s Degree from Barry University, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Gender Studies program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Her interest in the history of Missouri women began when she interned at the library of the Missouri History Museum as a contributor toIn Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women’s History.  That interest has continued as a founding member of the Kate Chopin Society of North America, encouraging local interest in a native writer, and as a board member of the Kate Chopin International Society, which encourages global scholarly interest in Chopin’s work.  Examining the WPA slave narratives through a gendered lens led to the current and ongoing study of personal narratives of America’s enslaved individuals.  Dr. Nigro teaches classes on Feminism and Witchcraft, Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism, America’s Slave Narratives, Civil War Literature, Censorship and Young Adult Literature, and Literature of the Holocaust.