Ellen E. Dolgin

Phone: (845) 848-4008
Email: ellen.dolgin@duny.edu
Office: Casey Hall English Annex

B.S. – Syracuse Univ.
M.A. – George Peabody College for Teachers of Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. – NYU

Ellen Dolgin has been teaching and developing courses at the college level for more than 30 years.  Her love of interdisciplinary/intercultural teaching and learning developed from her double major in English and Speech Arts as an undergraduate.  Frequently, her literature courses feature the arts of the eras surrounding the readings, and she encourages her students to incorporate this multi-disciplinary vision into their oral presentations and written assignments.

As a teacher/scholar, she enjoys her involvement with professional organizations; through these, she has established friendships as well as professional collaborations.  Sharing these experiences with her students is paramount.  Her areas of research and conference presentations include modern drama, with particular emphasis on the early 20th century, and contemporary multicultural women writers across genres.

With family and friends, she loves to attend plays, visit museums, and enjoy food and conversation at home and at restaurants, picnic areas, and other people’s homes.

Roles in Professional Organizations:
Past President, Northeast Modern Lang. Assn. (NeMLA)
Vice-President, International Shaw Society (ISS) www.shawsociety.org
Board Member, Comparative Drama Conference

Areas of Interest/Research:
Multicultural American literature
Contemporary women’s fiction
Modern drama and poetry

See Dr. Ellen Dolgin's Publications and Presentations


Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League: Staging Equality (McFarland & Co., 2015)
Modernizing Joan of Arc: Concepts, Costumes & Canonization (McFarland & Co., 2008)
“History Plays.” Chap. Contribution to Shaw In Context, Ed. Brad Kent. (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2015)

Conferences on Bernard Shaw plays: Papers and talks at conferences, 2009-2017

Summer, 2017: SHAW AT THE SHAW: Conference at the Shaw Festival, Ontario: “Joan of Arc in a 3-Way Mirror: Literature/Theatre/Opera- plenary session with Brigitte Bogar (York Univ., Toronto).

 COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2017: “Intersecting/re-focusing Brecht’s Mother Courage in Lynn Nottage’s Ruined—Roundtable discussion participant: Teaching (the plays of) Lisa Loomer

COMPARATIVE DRAMA CONFERENCE: 2016: Author Meets Critics Special Plenary Session on my book, Shaw and the Actresses Franchise League (McFarland, 2015).**

SHAW IN NY CONFERENCE: 2015: “ ‘a little theatre grown up’: The Theatre Guild as Shaw’s American Agent”

ISS Symposia: Papers and talks given in Ayot-St. Lawrence, England, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, CA, and the Comparative Drama Conference in Baltimore and Los Angeles. These were about Shaw’s St. Joan, Pygmalion, Fanny’s First Play, Caesar and Cleopatra, Misalliance, Heartbreak House, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara.

NeMLA-(Northeast Modern Lang. Assn.) Several papers on women’s and gender studies topics, including: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s play, Aria da Capo, 1919, Julia Alvarez, In the Name of Salome, Nella Larsen, Quicksand, Hallie Flanagan’s Federal Theatre Project of the 1930s.


Interview for WNYC/Studio 360: Spring, 2014: “How A Happy Ending Ruined [Shaw’s] Pygmalion. Aired June 27, 2014. Link online: http://www.studio360.org/story/how-a-happy-ending-ruined-pygmalion/

Panelist at two public events sponsored by David Staller, Project Shaw, NY (2014, 2013)
AAUW (American Association of University Women): Featured Speaker for Women’s History Month:
Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2010): “She said THAT in public?!: From Pinkies to Pointers.” Women’s activism ca. 1850-1910s.
Northwest Bergen Interbranch (2008) “Modernizing Joan of Arc: Joan As Social Everywoman.”