My Story

I'm a writer, scholar, and teacher, now Professor Emerita at Florida International University, Miami, where I taught for 32 years.  Based in the English Department, specializing in Victorian and Anglo-Jewish literature and culture, I am also affiliated with the programs in Jewish Studies and Women's and Gender Studies. I served as President of an international scholarly organization, the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, from 2006 to 2012, and I am currently on the NCSA's Senior Advisory Council.

At FIU I served as Associate Chairperson of the English Department for eight years, and Acting Director of Women's and Gender Studies for one.  I was President of the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, an international association of scholars, from 2006 to 2012.  In 2014 I organized a very successful full-day symposium at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU to celebrate the sesquicentennial of Anglo-Jewish writer and activist Israel Zangwill, the subject of much of my academic research.  Scholars spoke about Zangwill's legacy as a writer and leader of Jewish nationalist movements, and students and faculty from the FIU Theatre Department performed scenes from Zangwill's 1908 play The Melting-Pot.

I was born and grew up in Brooklyn, New York, graduating from Barnard College with a degree in Political Science.  I earned an MA at  Teachers College Columbia University and taught English and ESL in New York City high schools for a few years.  After receiving my MA and PhD in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago, I spent time in northern Virginia and, again, New York City, before making my home in the Miami area in 1982.  My husband, Joel Mintz, specializes in environmental law.  We have two grown children and two growing grandchildren.