Arlene Avakian (1939- )
Feminist Scholar, Women’s Studies Director
She helped found the University of Massachusetts Women’s Studies Program and what is now known as the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. Avakian is the author of Lion Woman’s Legacy: An Armenian American Memoir (1992); editor of Through the Kitchen Window: Women Writers Explore the Intimate Meanings of Food and Cooking (1997); and co-editor of African American Women and the Vote 1837-1965 (1997), in addition to numerous articles. She taught courses on autobiography, activism, and the social construction of whiteness and women. She is also a political activist both on an off campus, working for social justice. She retired recently after 35 years of teaching and directing the Program.
To read her recent work, From Betty Crocker to Feminist Food Studies you can go here.
You can also access here , some of her online papers and articles.