The brilliant Marjorie Ingall tracked down Marguerite Waller, the National Merit Scholar and Seventeen covergirl from a few posts back. Ms. Waller has gone on to be SUPERAMAZINGFANTISTICO!! I should not even say “Ms. Waller,” because she is Professor Waller, having gotten an Ph.D from Yale in 1978.
Check out her goddamn bio—I highlighted some awesome parts, which is not to imply the other parts are sub-awesome:
Marguerite Waller’s interests include film and media, Renaissance comparative literature, transnational feminism, and globalization. Her articles on Dante, Petrarch, Wyatt, Surrey, Shakespeare, Italian and Hungarian film, new media, border art, performance,and theory, globalization, and transnational feminist dialogue are widely published. She is the author of Petrarch’s Poetics and Literary History (1980) and co-editor of Federico Fellini: Contemporary Perspectives (2002). Over the course of three co-edited volumes—Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance (2000), Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization (2005), The Wages of Empire: Neoliberal Policies, Resistance, and Women’s Poverty (2007), and a special of Social Identities, she has been committed to facilitating communication and collaboration among feminist projects around the world. She has co-organized three international feminist conferences at U.C. Riverside, and convened a transnational feminist Resident Research Project at the University of California Humanities Research Institute.
Her teaching interests include feminist discourses, human rights, peace studies, film and media studies, critical theory, and Dante’s Commedia. She is also a firm believer in study abroad. She did graduate work in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship and has held two Fulbright professorships, one in France and the other in Hungary. In 2007-08 she served as Director of the U.C. Rome Study Center. In the early nineties, she was a member of the women’s art-making collective Las Comadres, active in the San Diego/Tijuana border region.
Professor Waller’s current research focuses on transnational and postcolonial filmmaking, and on Dante.
How fucking cool is that? Of course back then Gloria Steinem wrote for Seventeen—although she did again in 2003 when I was there—and at present the world of magazines and popculture has been so thoroughly transformed that I can’t imagine a National Merit Scholar ever being on the cover of Seventeen again. It’s an even slimmer chance than seeing a fat woman or a woman of color.
But back to Professor Waller! These are a few of her publications!
“One Voice Kills Both Our Voices: “First World” Feminism and Transcultural Feminist Engagement” in Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization, edited with Sylvia Marcos. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
“Is It a War Crime? Sex Trafficking and Forced Prostitution in Post-Conflict Bosnia and Kosovo/a, in Mulheres em conflito: presences e ausencias. Ed. Barbara Kristensen, Joam Evans Pim, Oscar Crespo Argibay. Observatorio sobre Mulher e Conflitos Armados. Santiago de Compostela, Galiza. Torculo Artes Graficas S.A. 2007.
Dialogue and Difference: Feminisms Challenge Globalization, co-edited with Sylvia Marcos. New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. Translated into Turkish as Farlilik ve Diyalog: Feminiszmier Kuresellesmaye Meydan Okuyo. Istanbul, Turkey: Chiviyazilari-(Nemesis Kitapligi), 2006.
It is all extremely, very rad.