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Suzanne E. Ferriss, Ph.D.

Suzanne Ferriss
Professor Emeritus
Dept. of Literature and Modern Languages


  • Ph.D. University of Miami
  • M.A. University of Miami
  • B.A. Nova University

Professional Interests

Suzanne Ferriss, Ph.D., researches teaches include Romantic and Modernist literature, literary criticism, gender theory, and cultural studies.  She co-edited two volumes on the cultural study of fashion: On Fashion (Rutgers UP, 1994) and Footnotes: On Shoes (Rutgers UP, 2001). She is also co-author of A Handbook of Literary Feminisms (Oxford UP, 2002), and has written articles about Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and the Brontë sisters, as well as popular films based on literary texts by Austen, Virginia Woolf, Helen Fielding and William Wordsworth. She co-edited two companion volumes on “chick culture” with Mallory Young: Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction (Routledge, 2006) and Chick Flicks: Contemporary Women at the Movies (Routledge, 2008). These books inspired her to create an honors seminar on Chick Lit, Chick Flicks. 

Dr. Ferriss’ interest in cultural studies led her into the emerging field of motorcycle studies, initially by investigating biker fashion and women riders.  Until recently, she served as editor of the International Journal of Motorcycle Studies and still serves on its editorial board. She contributed an essay to Harley-Davidson and Philosophy (Open Court, 2006) and, with Professor Steven Alford, co-authored the Introduction to An Anthology of Early British Motorcycle Travel Writing (Essex-Dakar Books, 2009) and the book Motorcycle (Reaktion Books, 2008), which they consult when team teaching their honors seminar Motorcycle Myth and Culture. They recently completed a second book, Spokes of the Wheel: From Bicycle to Motorcycle. 

Dr. Ferriss has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, and delivered as many presentations at national and international conferences. She has received invitations to lecture and/or teach in America, Europe and Asia, and regularly serves as peer reviewer for academic journals (Genres, PMLA, Feminist Media Studies, Contemporary Women’s Writing, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly) and academic presses (e.g., Rutgers University Press and Routledge). Her work, often cited, has been reprinted and translated into multiple languages, including Portuguese, Arabic, and Turkish.

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