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Donna Bickford

(she/her/hers)Adjunct Professor of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies; Director, Women's and Gender Resource Center (2015)

Contact Information

Landis House Room 9, 2nd Floor


Professor Bickford’s research focuses on contemporary US women writers, as well as the connections between literature and social change. She also works on anti-human trafficking initiatives. She has served as the Director of the Carolina Women’s Center and the Associate Director of the Office for Undergraduate Research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also held academic appointments in the Women’s Studies and English Departments. Bickford taught for several years in the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island and was a Fulbright Scholar at Åbo Akademi University in Turku, Finland. She recently published "Understanding Marge Piercy," with the University of South Carolina Press and co-edited "University and College Women's and Gender Equity Centers," published by Routledge. Professor Bickford also serves as the Director of the Women's and Gender Resource Center.


  • B.A., Eastern Connecticut State University, 1992
  • M.A., University of Rhode Island, 1994
  • Ph.D., 2000

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.