Layne Craig, a Ph.D. candidate in the Ethnic and Third World concentration, is working on a dissertation entitled "The Rhetoric of the Birth Control Movement in Women's Literature, 1916-39" co-directed by Professors Elizabeth Cullingford and Lisa Moore. Layne's study analyzes the influence of the scientific and popular discussions of birth control on women novelists in Great Britain, Ireland, and America in the 1920's and 30's. Her trans-Atlantic project examines authors including Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Nella Larsen, Kate O'Brien, and Virginia Woolf. Layne's research has been recognized by the 2008 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Center for Women and Gender Studies. She also received a Department of English Dissertation Fellowship for Spring 2009. She has written articles forthcoming in the journal James Joyce Quarterly and in a book collection on gender in Irish studies.
Layne is native of Houston and received her B.A. (2002) and M.A. (2004) degrees from Baylor University. While at UT, she has taught E316K (including serving as T.A. for the first-ever women's literature version of the course), RHE 306, RHE 309,"Banned Books and Novel Ideas," and E314L, "The Rhetoric of Gossip." She is a co-founder of the graduate student Feminist Solidarity Group.