Margaret Galvan is a scholar of contemporary women’s visual print culture at work on In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, a book and digital project under contract with the University of Minnesota Press‘s Manifold Scholarship Series. This project traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s American feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Margaret’s research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, and other image-text media produced by women, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Alison Bechdel, Nan Goldin, Roberta Gregory, and Lee Marrs. She has received nine grants over five years to fund this work, most recently including grants from Duke University and Smith College. She has also recently received an award from NYCDH to develop a digital humanities project out of a portion of her archival research. For this project, she is creating digital networks and maps of Alison Bechdel’s participation in 1980s grassroots periodicals.
Her published work, which analyzes visual media culture through intersectional approaches, includes:
- “Thinking through Thea: Alison Bechdel’s Representations of Disability,” a chapter in Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
- “Archiving Grassroots Comics: The Radicality of Networks & Lesbian Community,” an article in the “Radical Archives” issue of Archive Journal (2015)
- “Feminism Underground: The Comics Rhetoric of Lee Marrs and Roberta Gregory,” an article in “The 1970s” issue of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly (2015)
- “From Kitty to Cat: Kitty Pryde and the Phases of Feminism,” a chapter in The Ages of The X-Men (McFarland, 2014)
She is part-time faculty at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and works as a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College. In addition to her work at Macaulay, she devotes further attention to the development of free and open-source academic platforms. Following her tenure as a Coordinator of Education and Support for OpenCUNY (2010-2016), she currently serves on the development team of the CUNY Academic Commons. She received her PhD in English with a film studies certificate candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York where her completed dissertation was awarded the Monette Prize for the Best Dissertation in Lesbian/Gay Studies.
Last updated January 2017.