Margaret Galvan is a recently defended PhD candidate in English and a film studies certificate candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Her dissertation, Archiving the ’80s: Feminism, Queer Theory, & Visual Culture, traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. She has received various archival research grants for her dissertation, including the ARC Knickerbocker Award for Archival Research in American Studies (2013, 2014) and the Gloria E. Anzaldúa Fellowship (2013) from the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has recently received an award from NYCDH to develop a digital humanities project out of a portion of her archival research. For this project, she is creating digital networks and maps of Alison Bechdel’s participation in 1980s grassroots periodicals.
Her published work includes “From Kitty to Cat: Kitty Pryde and the Phases of Feminism,” a chapter in The Ages of The X-Men (McFarland, 2014), “Feminism Underground: The Comics Rhetoric of Lee Marrs and Roberta Gregory,” an article in “The 1970s” issue of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly (2015), “Archiving Grassroots Comics: The Radicality of Networks & Lesbian Community,” an article in the “Radical Archives” issue of Archive Journal (2015), and “Thinking through Thea: Alison Bechdel’s Representations of Disability,” a chapter in Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
She is part-time faculty at the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and works as a Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College. In her instructional technology capacity, she also serves as the Coordinator of Education and Support for OpenCUNY, a student organized, open-source WordPress platform for The Graduate Center, CUNY community.
Last updated February 2016.