ABOUT

Hi, I'm Gabrielle Stecher. I'm interested in creativity & the stories we tell about women artists.

My research, writing, and teaching largely focus on narratives about women artists & their creative labor. 

In my work, the category of the woman artist includes both visual and performing artists, ranging from illustrators and painters to actors and filmmakers. I am particularly interested in the mythologies of Classical Hollywood and its women players. Recent and forthcoming publications include essays on the rhetorical violence enacted against women actors in Hollywood Babylon, as well as the legacies of Elizabeth Taylor and Mary Blair. 

Building on my doctoral work on ancient reception, my in-progress cluster of writing and curricular projects interrogate how and why women artists retell and reimagine the ancient past through various media and genres. 

I am a devoted critic, contributing book reviews to both public-facing and academic venues.

My reviews of fiction and nonfiction titles related to my above interests have appeared or are forthcoming in venues ranging from American Book Review, Harvard Review, & Necessary Fiction to Film Quarterly and Woman's Art Journal

I have taught interdisciplinary composition, intensive writing, & literature courses at the University of Georgia and Indiana University Bloomington. 

As an award-winning educator, I am deeply committed to the creative empowerment of undergraduate students, especially in general education courses. I design curricula and active learning environments that leverage multimodality and technology to democratize digital creativity and empower students as both creative producers and critical, analytical thinkers. At IUB, my latest digital projects course “Woman, Image, Myth: The Mediated Lives & Afterlives of Marilyn Monroe” asks students to interrogate how and why the Hollywood icon has continued to dominate our cultural imagination.

In addition to teaching, I am also an Associate Director of Undergraduate Teaching in the English Department at IU Bloomington. 

In this role, I train and support graduate student instructors and visiting lecturers (post-docs) as they design and teach composition and intensive writing courses. In addition to consulting with instructors on curricular matters, much of my time as an administrator is spent planning and facilitating professional development events and developing pedagogy resources, which I frequently publish as open educational resources. As part of my administrative work and service to the profession, I write and present often on topics related to teaching and learning, including creativity, digital pedagogy, instructional design, and multimodality.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English, University of Georgia, 2022

B.A., English with concentration in Studies in the Novel, University of Georgia
Summa cum laude & Honors Program Highest Honors

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Graduate Certificate in Learning Sciences, Media, & Technology, Indiana University Bloomington, in progress