Sidonie Smith is Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She is a past-President of the Modern Language Association of America (2010). Her most recent book is Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in Good Enough Times (2015). It is now available open access through the Digital Culture Series of the University of Michigan Press.
Her other books include Where I’m Bound: Patterns of Slavery and Freedom in Black American Autobiography (1974), A Poetics of Women’s Autobiography (1987), Subjectivity, Identity, and the Body (1993), Moving Lives: Women’s Twentieth Century Travel Narratives (2001), and, with Kay Schaffer, Human Rights and Narrated Lives (2004). With Julia Watson, she has co-authored Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (2001; expanded edition, 2010) and co-edited five collections: De/Colonizing the Subject: The Politics of Gender in Women’s Autobiography (1992); Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography (1996); Women, Autobiography, Theory (1998); Interfaces: Women, Autobiography, Image, Performance (2002); and the anthology Before They Could Vote: American Women’s Autobiographical Writing, 1819-1919 (2006). With Gisela Brinker-Gabler, she co-edited Writing New Identities: Gender, Nation, and Immigration in Contemporary Europe (1997). With Kay Schaffer, she also co-edited The Olympics at the Millennium: Power, Politics, and the Games (2000) and with Kay Schaffer and Jennifer Sabioni, the anthology Indigenous Australian Voices: A Reader (1998).