Abigail Palko

Abigail Palko S13

Graduation year:

PhD 2010


PhD in Literature/Gender Studies Minor

Current occupation:

Director of Undergraduate Studies, GeNDer Studies Program, University of Notre Dame

Favorite Gender Studies class/professor/memory from your experience at Notre Dame:

There was a moment in the middle of the Core Grad Seminar when I realized I needed to scrap most of what I had already done for my dissertation and refocus it. It was one of the scariest and most authentic intellectual moments of my life... and the result was fantastic! I wrote a dissertation that I'm still deeply proud of and that truly engages with the ways the women writers of the Caribbean and Ireland negotiate the concept of the Good Mother.

How your Gender Studies education has impacted your life:

The grad minor literally led me to the position I'm in now, serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the GeNDer Studies Program. And because I'm sitting here in 325 O'Shag, I have the privilege of advising, listening to, and conversing with the insightful students who come to Gender Studies. Everyday, I get to talk about gender!

Your hopes for the future of Gender Studies at Notre Dame:

I hope that our students continue to spread the word about gender issues, driving the conversation.