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Hilary Binda

Senior Lecturer
Department of Visual and Critical Studies
Founding Director, Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College

Hilary Binda

Hilary Binda

Senior Lecturer
Department of Visual and Critical Studies
Founding Director, Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College

Phone 617.921.8051
Eaton Hall, Room 111
5 The Green, Medford
Biography: 

Hilary Binda has her PhD in English and is the Founding Director of the Tufts University Prison Initiative of Tisch College. She is Director of the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a Senior Lecturer in Civic Studies. Among her classes, The Literature of Confinement and Literatures of Justice combine Tufts undergraduates and incarcerated or formerly incarcerated students as co-learners. Her current research aims to support the development of educational equity as a form of racial and economic justice in partnership with decriminalization.

Education: 
Ph.D, English, Tufts University
MA, English, Tufts University
AB, Women’s Studies/Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
Professional Experience: 
2017-present

Founding Director, Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch College

Director, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, Tufts University

2016-present

Senior Lecturer, Visual and Critical Studies, Tufts University

2005-2016

Lecturer, Visual and Critical Studies, Tufts University

2004-present

Director, SMFA Writing Program and Writing Studio, Tufts University

2001-2004

Assistant Professor in English (Culture, Text, and Language Area), Evergreen State College

1988-1995

High School English Teacher and Chair, School One, Providence, RI

1988-1994

Independent Video Producer, Meridian Productions, Providence, RI

Research Interests: 

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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2020: $10,000 - National Endowment for the Arts
2019: $100,000 - Cummings Foundation
2017-2018: Faculty Fellowship Award, Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life
2017: $50,000 - Tufts Collaborates Award for Tufts Prison Initiative
2017: $25,000 - Tufts Innovates Award for Tufts Prison Initiative (declined)
2017: Massachusetts Department of Corrections Certificate of Appreciation
2016-2017: Faculty Fellowship Award, Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life
2013: Nominated for the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students, Tufts University
2012: Excellence in Teaching Award, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2008: Faculty Enrichment Grant, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
2000: Award for Outstanding Contribution to Undergraduate Teaching from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tufts University
Selected Funded Research: 

“You’re almost in this place that doesn’t exist”: The Impact of College in Prison as Understood by Formerly Incarcerated Students from the Northeastern United States, Journal for Prison Education and Re-entry (JPER), Vol. 6, No. 2, 2020.

Teaching/Courses Taught: 
Theorizing U.S. Criminal Justice
The Literatures of Justice
Mass Incarceration and the Literature of Confinement
Queering Feminisms: Intro to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Gender and Literature
Critical Theory: Self, Sex, and Psychoanalysis
Critical Theory: Theorizing Film and Gender
Art at the Intersections: race and sex in visual culture and critical theory
Poetics of Modernism
Poetry and Visual Art
Introduction to Poetry
Textual Image / Visual Text
Shakespeare's Art I & II
Histories of Sexuality
Queer Writing and Literature
Writing Art
Reading Art
The Art of Meaning: The History and Future of the Image
Histories of the Contemporary: Critical Theory and Visual Art
Introduction to Visual and Critical Studies
Writing Art
Reading Art