Joan Lidoff, associate professor of English, died on
October 20, 1989. She was 45.
Professor Lidoff was born on June 14, 1944, in Washington,
D.C. She earned her bachelor's degree from George Washington University
in 1966. She received both her master's and PhD degrees from Harvard
University in 1967 and 1976, respectively.
Prior to joining the faculty of The University of Texas
at Austin in 1978, Dr. Lidoff taught at the University of Massachusetts
and Boston College. At the University, Dr. Lidoff was a pioneer in the
study of women's literature, actively participating in the English department's
efforts to set up a women's studies program.
Her 1982 book Christina Stead was a study of
a twentieth century Australian female writer. Dr. Lidoff had most recently
been working on a second book about women's literature. Professor Lidoff
delivered invited lectures on the role of women writers before the Modern
Language Association and at various institutions, including the State
University of New York.
Her honors included a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship
and a Dexter Fellowship to England from Harvard University.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
UT Office of Public Affairs.