Jennifer E. Maher

Jennifer E. Maher

Clinical Associate Professor, Gender Studies

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Gender Studies


  • Ph.D., English and Modern Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

About Jennifer E. Maher

Dr. Maher completed a Ph.D. in English and Modern Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she worked previously as a Visiting Assistant Professor teaching courses in Popular Culture, American Women's Literature, Third Wave Feminism, and Gender and the Body. Her most recent work focuses on representations of reproductive technology in popular culture (Feminist Media Studies, Nov. 2013, Bitch: Feminist Response to Popular Culture, Spring 2013). She has also published fiction and memoir in a variety of venues, including two Seal Press anthologies, Secrets and Confidences: The Complicated Truth about Women's Friendships and Young Wives' Tales, and Brainchild Magazine. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Literature. Maher has frequently contributed to the thoroughly awesome magazine, Bitch: A Feminist Response to Popular Culture and her essay "Hot for Teacher: On the Erotics of Pedagogy" was featured in the collection Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism, an anthology of essays praised by critics as disparate as Robin Morgan and Margaret Cho.

At Indiana University, Dr. Maher's area of expertise covers gender and popular culture; second and third wave feminism; gender and modern memoir, feminist history/theory, and the politics of reproduction. She recently finished teaching a class for the IU's Intensive Freshman Seminar program entitled "Blood, Babies, and Chainsaws: Femininity and Horror." Currently, she is working on a larger project on gender and the representation of the teacher-student relationship in popular culture, as well as assisted reproductive technology and the (hetero) familial narrative in American film.

Dr. Maher was awarded a 2023 Trustees Teaching Award in the At-Large Non-Tenure Track Faculty Category from the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University.

Selected publications

Maher, Jennifer. “Screening for Donors: The New Techniques (and Same Old Thinking) of Reproductive Technology in Film.” Bitch Magazine, Spring 2013.

Jennifer E. Maher, “Cowboys and Indians,” in  Secrets & confidences : the complicated truth about women’s relationships. Karen Eng. (Emeryville, CA: Seal Press, 2004).

Courses taught

G101: Gender, Culture, and Society

G206: Gay Histories, Queer Cultures

G225: Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

G290: History of Feminist Thought and Practice

G300: Gender Studies: Core Concepts and Key Debates

G302: Issues in Gender Studies: Gender & Politics of Reproduction

G310: Representation and the Body

G402: Problems in Gender Studies: Gender Memoir & Embodiment

G402: Problems in Gender Studies: Reproductive Technology

G600: Concepts of Gender

G603: Feminist Theories

G701: Graduate Topics in Gender Studies: Reproductive Technology

G707: Feminist Pedagogies

G710: Gender, Medicine, and the Body