Jennifer L. Airey

Jennifer Airey

Associate Professor of EnglishCo-Editor, Tulsa Studies in Women's LiteratureZink Hall  340
(918) 631-2854

I specialize in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature, with an emphasis on Restoration drama and theater history. My research concentrates on depictions of gender and sexuality, both on-stage and in Restoration culture, and I am particularly interested in interrogating the relationship between extra-literary sources--propaganda pamphlets, circulating broadsides, and popular sermons--and the British stage. My book, The Politics of Rape: Sexual Atrocity, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage, was published in 2012 by the University of Delaware Press, and is the first full-length study of representations of sexual violence in Restoration theater and political culture. I am currently at work on a new book project, examining treatments of gender and class violence in Gothic literature of the late eighteenth century.

My other areas of interest include depictions of gender in popular culture. I offer courses in women's and gender studies, masculinity theory, and gender and video gaming.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Boston University, 2008
  • M.A., Boston University, 2003
  • B.A., Brandeis University, 2002 (graduated summa cum laude, with highest honors in English and American literature)

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Teaching Fellow  Boston University, 2003-2008
  • Teaching Fellow  Harvard University Extension School, 2007-2008

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Aphra Behn Society
  • East-Central American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • International Gothic Association
  • Midwestern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
  • Modern Language Association

Courses Taught at TU

  • Major British Writers I (ENGL 2513)
  • Gender and Gaming (ENGL 4823)
  • Gothic Fiction (ENGL 3713)
  • Masculinities (ENGL 4863)
  • Early Modern Sexualities (ENGL 3713)
  • Senior Seminar: Popular Culture (ENGL 4973)
  • Special Topics: Restoration Drama, Early Modern Sexualities, Gothic Fiction (ENGL 8113-8213)
  • Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (WS 2013)

Awards & Recognition

  • 2014 The Linda J. Lacey Award for Mentoring Excellence, Women's and Gender Studies Program
  • 2014 Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2007 The Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award, Boston University Humanities Foundation.
  • 2007 The Clarimond Mansfield Award, Boston University.
  • 2007 The Edwin S. and Ruth M. White Prize, Boston University Humanities Foundation.
  • 2005 The Warren and Myrtle Ault Memorial Fellowship, Boston University.
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Brandeis University
  • B.A. summa cum Laude, highest honors in English and American literature, Brandeis University


  • The Politics of Rape: Sexual Violence, Propaganda Wars, and the Restoration Stage
    Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2012
  • I must vary shapes as often as a player
    Article: Susanna Centlivre and the Liberty of the British Stage Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 28.1 (2013): 45-62.
  • Staging Rape in the Age of Walpole
    Article: Interpreting Sexual Violence: 1660-1800. Ed. Anne Greenfield (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2013), 95-105.
  • Restoration Drama excluding Dryden
    Article: Year’s Work in English Studies. Ed. William Baker and Kenneth Womack (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), 488-97.
  • Eve's Nature, Eve's Nurture in Dryden's Edenic Opera Studies
    English Literature 50.3 (Summer 2010): 529-544.
  • Restoration
    32.1 (2008): 71-91.
  • 'For fear of learning new language': Antitheatricalism and the Female Spectator in The Country Wife and The Plain Dealer
    Restoration 31.2 (2007): 1-19.