College of Liberal Arts

English Professor Susan Heinzelman Named Director of Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Fri, Jul 24, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — Susan Heinzelman, associate professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, has been appointed director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies (CWGS).

Building the center’s teaching and research strengths has been a high priority for Heinzelman, who served as the center’s interim director last year. During the next four years, she will help the center remain competitive with the best women’s and gender studies programs in the nation by pursuing a range of funding opportunities.

Heinzelman, who joined the university in 1977, plans to strengthen the center’s relationship with the university’s study abroad programs. She will also strengthen its partnership with the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders by offering internships to undergraduate students and mentoring opportunities to graduate students.

“Under the visionary leadership of past directors, the Center for Women's and Gender Studies has become an essential part of the university's research and teaching mission,” Heinzelman said. “I am honored to have the opportunity to build on the work of these talented women and to advance the center's reputation for academic excellence.”

Prior to her role as the center’s interim director, Heinzelman directed the Legal Writing Program in the University’s School of Law from 1982-86. She also served as undergraduate advisor in the English department from 2000-03, president of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities from 2004-07, and as the associate director of CWGS from 2000-08. 

Heinzelman researches such topics as law, literature and feminism. She has authored or co-edited numerous articles, multimedia presentations and books including  “Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition,” “Representing Justice: Stories of Law and Literature” and “Representing Women: Law, Literature and Feminism.”

CWGS is an interdisciplinary program that offers courses, degrees and organized events each year. The center focuses on understanding women’s experiences from a variety of perspectives as well as the role that gender plays in shaping society.  Started by a handful of faculty and students in 1979, CWGS now has more than 250 faculty affiliates from 14 different schools and colleges throughout the university.

For more information, contact: Jessica Sinn, public affairs specialist, College of Liberal Arts, 512-471-2404 or

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