Leigh Gilmore

Leigh Gilmore

Leigh Gilmore

Visiting Professor


Areas of Expertise

  • Life Writing (memoir, testimony, graphic novels and comics, autobiography)
  • Feminist Studies
  • Trauma Studies
  • Law and Literature
  • Contemporary Literature


  • PhD, University of Washington



Leigh Gilmore is the author, most recently, of Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives (Columbia 2017), a 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title, and, with Elizabeth Marshall, of Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing (Fordham 2019). A scholar of life writing and feminist theory, she is the author of previous groundbreaking books, The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony (Cornell 2001) and Autobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Women’s Self-Representation (Cornell 1994) and co-editor of Autobiography and Postmodernism (1994). Her research appears in scholarly journals, including SIGNSFeminist StudiesWomen’s Studies QuarterlyBiography and Profession, and in numerous edited collections. She has been Professor of English at The Ohio State University, Dorothy Cruikshank Backstrand Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at Scripps College, and has held visiting appointments at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Northeastern University, Harvard Divinity School, Brown University and Wellesley College. She is currently Visiting Professor of English at The Ohio State University and a visiting scholar at the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University. She writes for The Conversation and WBUR’s Cognoscenti and appears frequently as an analyst of the #MeToo movement. She is currently writing a book on the #MeToo movement. 

Selected Publications

  • “Graphic Witness: Testimony, Memoir, and the MeToo Movement.” New Feminist Studies: Twenty-First Century Critical Interventions. Ed. Jennifer Cooke. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020: 31-47.
  • Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life WritingWith Elizabeth Marshall (Fordham University Press, 2019)
  • Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives (Columbia University Press, 2017; paperback edition with new preface, 2018)
  • “Frames of Witness: The Kavanaugh Hearings, Survivor Testimony, and #MeToo.” Biography 42.3 (2019): 1-14.
  • Maid is a Call for Reproductive Justice.” Signs (2019).

Curriculum Vitae

Leigh Gilmore CV [pdf]

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