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Professor Emma Rees

BA (UEA), PhD (UEA), PGC Learning and Teaching (Chester), FHEA.

I am Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Chester, where I teach in the Department of English. My 2013 book, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History, was described in the Independent on Sunday as ‘the book you’ve been waiting for […] Although Rees is an academic by trade, the book gleefully mixes highbrow and lowbrow, from Chaucer to 21st-century horror’. I have been writing about gender and culture for over twenty years, and I’m steeped in reading about feminism. My new book, tentatively called That is a Feminist Issue, explores current debates in feminism, especially where rifts, contradictions and divisions prove that it can appear that it’s not only patriarchy which is the enemy, but sometimes other feminists, too.

I am Book Reviews Editor for the journal Gender and Education (Routledge); peer reviewer for a number of journals, from Feminist Theory to English, to Journal of Sociology, and several points in between. I write book reviews for a range of journals, too, including Gender and EducationPsychology and Sexuality, and Jewish Culture and History. I am also an occasional columnist for the Times Higher magazine:

I have delivered my talk, ‘Vulvanomics’, based on my book, The Vagina, at more than 30 venues and events on both sides of the Atlantic, and I host the biennial international, interdisciplinary Talking Bodies conferences at Chester (the next conference is scheduled for June 2023).


Prof. Emma Rees, Director, Institute of Gender Studies
Professor of Literature and Gender Studies      @IGSChester