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Leigh Gilmore

Professor Emeritus of English, The Ohio State University

Leigh Gilmore is professor emeritus of English at The Ohio State University and core faculty in Project Narrative. She is the author of The #MeToo Effect: What Happens When We Believe Women (Columbia 2023); Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives (Columbia 2017), a 2018 Choice Outstanding Academic Title; and Witnessing Girlhood: Toward an Intersectional Tradition of Life Writing (co-authored with Elizabeth Marshall, Fordham 2019). Her pathbreaking book on trauma, The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony (Cornell University Press) was reissued with a new preface in July 2023. Her research appears in numerous scholarly journals, including SIGNS, Feminist Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Biography, and Profession, and in 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, Brown University, and Wellesley College. Her public feminist scholarship appears in The Conversation, Public Books, and WBUR’s Cognoscenti.


  • 2022–present
    Professor emeritus, The Ohio State University