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Elizabeth Gregory

Professor of English and Director of Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies

Elizabeth Gregory directs the WGSS Program and the UH Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality. She teaches and publishes on American modernist poetry and women’s work and fertility. Her work on poetry includes diverse essays and the following books and collections: Quotation and Modern American Poetry: "'Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads'" (1996), The Critical Response to Marianne Moore (2003), 21st-Century Marianne Moore: Essays from a Critical Renaissance (2017, co-edited with Stacy Carson Hubbard), and her current project “Apparition of Splendor”: Marianne Moore Performing Democracy through Celebrity, 1952-1970, forthcoming from U Delaware Press.

Gregory's book, Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood (2012/2007, Basic Books), based on in-depth interviews with more than 100 new later moms and extensive collateral research, shatters the myths surrounding later motherhood.  Drawing on both the statistical evidence and the voices of the new later mothers themselves, she delivers surprising and welcome news about the shifting dynamics of modern motherhood. Her continuing work on the intersection of fertility and women’s work explores gender & the future of work and the effect of an expanded school schedule on women’s workforce participation.

She teaches courses on British and American modernism, contemporary poetry, ancient and classical literature, feminist criticism, and motherhood studies.

Since 1995, Professor Gregory has been the Director of what is now the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. As Director, she has expanded the program and developed what is now the Carey C. Shuart Women's Archive and Research Collection. The Shuart Archive collects the papers of Houston area women's organizations and records oral histories of women who have made history in Houston. The WGSS Program, through the support of the Friends of Women's Studies, provides scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students, funds a postdoctoral fellowship in Women's Studies, and awards grants for faculty research.  

The Friends of Women's Studies is a model of collaboration between the academy and the community, sponsoring community programming to connect the accomplishments of women in Houston with the research of students and faculty in WGSS.  Among their annual events are the Table Talk Luncheon, the Living Archives Interview Series, and the Fast Friends Speed Networking socials.

For more information, visit her website at You can follow her blog on the politics and economics of women's work at and


  • Ph.D. Yale University
  • M.A. University of Kentucky
  • B.A. Barnard College

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Research Interests

Modern American Poetry, Fertility & Women’s Work, Contemporary American Poetry, Modern British Literature, Motherhood Studies, and Gender Theory

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Selected Publications


  • Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood (New York: Basic Books, December 2007; paperback edition with a new Preface, including updated data documenting the recession effect and expanded analysis of the trend, August 2012).
  • Quotation and Modern American Poetry: "'Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads '"(Houston: Rice UP/Texas A&M UP 1996)
  • Editor, The Critical Response to Marianne Moore (New York: Praeger, 2003)
  • Co-Editor, with Stacy Carson Hubbard, 21st-Century Marianne Moore: Essays from a Critical Renaissance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Selected Essays

  • “Is Andy Warhol Marianne Moore?: Celebrity, Celibacy and Subversion.” Twenty-First Century Marianne Moore (Palgrave: 2017): 237-251.
  • Marianne Moore’s ‘Blue Bug’: A Dialogic Ode on Celebrity, Race, Gender and Age,” Modernism/Modernity 22.4 (November 2015): 759-786.
  • "'Still Leafing': Celebrity, Confession, Marianne Moore’s 'The Camperdown Elm,' and the Scandal of Age," Journal of Modern Literature 35.3 (Spring 2012), 51-76.
  • "The Economics and Politics of Delayed Birth Timing," Journal of the Motherhood Initiative 3.1 Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Motherhood (Spring/Summer 2012), 80-95
  • "Confessing the Body: Sexton, Plath, Lowell, Ginsberg and Berryman," in Modern Confessional Writing: New Critical Essays ed. Jo Gill (New York: Routledge, 2005), pp. 33-49.
  • "'Combat Cultural': Marianne Moore and the Mixed-Brow," in Critics and Poets on Marianne Moore: A Right Good Salvo of Barks, ed. Linda Leavell, Cristanne Miller and Robin Schulze (Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2005), pp. 208-21.
  • "Unravelling Penelope: The Construction of the Faithful Wife in Homer’s Heroines", Helios 23, no. 1 (1996): 3-20.

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