Hilary Binda has a PhD in English and is a Senior Lecturer in the Visual and Critical Studies Department. She is currently also Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program as well as the SMFA Writing Program. Through the generosity of the Provost’s Office and the Tisch College of Civic Life, she is now the Founding Director of the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College, an initiative that includes the development of a Tufts college-in-prison program at the MCI in Shirley, MA.
Binda’s research includes a collaborative study with Carolyn Rubin and Jill Weinberg of the impact of college-in-prison on formerly incarcerated people. Binda also works on the relationship between the literary and the visual registers as this productive tension informs the emerging discourses of time and sexuality in early modern England and as this tension resonates in the contemporary discourses of queer/feminist theory.
Founding Director, Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College
Director, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Tufts University
Senior Lecturer, Visual and Critical Studies, Tufts University
Lecturer, Visual and Critical Studies, Tufts University
Director, SMFA Writing Program and Writing Studio, Tufts University
Assistant Professor in English (Culture, Text, and Language Area), Evergreen State College
High School English Teacher and Chair, School One, Providence, RI
Independent Video Producer, Meridian Productions, Providence, RI
Funded by a Tufts Collaborates seed grant, Binda is the Primary Investigator on a research study examining various impacts of the experience of college education on individuals who take college courses while doing time in prison. The study explores how formerly incarcerated people reflect on those college experiences. The results of this study are being used in the development of the in-prison college educational programming that is part of the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College (TUPIT).
In addition, Binda is working on a book manuscript, Image Conscious: Iconoclasm and the Reformation of Time in Early Modern English Literature, in which chapters on English poetry, drama, rhetoric, and science show that the drive that fueled a prejudice against images produced a "reformation of time," a shift in the mode of time’s apprehension that would become the basis of modern historical consciousness. No longer considered synchronic and uniform according to a medieval Augustinian paradigm, time would instead be understood as teleological and successive. This project in the history of ideas is thus one that demonstrates the ideological character of temporality and asks that we question its structuring assumptions about identity, sexuality, and normativity inherent therein. In one sense, this project sits squarely within a historicist tradition. It also, however, takes this tradition on as its very subject, collaborating with current efforts to historicize historicism.
The Impact of College in Prison on Formerly Incarcerated People, in progress and funded by Tufts Collaborates grant