Judith Raiskin

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-2566
  • Office: 321 Hendricks Hall
  • Affiliated Departments: Disability Studies
  • Interests: Post-colonial literature and cultural studies focusing on gender and comparative feminist theory; Caribbean; Disability Studies; LGBTQ studies; and sexuality.


Judith Raiskin is currently conducting filmed interviews for The Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project, housed in the University of Oregon Special Collections and Archives. She has completed over 75 interviews with lesbians who lived in Eugene between 1965 and 1995, most of whom are now in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. These interviews will be available through Oregon Digital and will be transcribed and linked to the journals, photographs, letters, diaries, and physical records related to the collective businesses, communal living, and cultural productions of these communities.  Professor Raiskin has also published on same-sex parenting: "Parenting Without Protection: How Legal Status Ambiguity Affects Gay and Lesbian Parenthood." Relying on interviews with gay, lesbian and transgender parents, this project examines how, in the context of legal instability, these parents make use of legal and extra-legal resources to secure their family relationships. As a literary critic, Professor Raiskin edits the Norton Critical Edition of Jean Rhys's novel Wide Sargasso Sea and is the author of Snow on the Cane Fields: Women Writers and Creole Subjectivity.


  • Post-colonial literature
  • Disability Studies
  • Travel writing and tourism
  • Queer Studies
  • Pacific Island cultural studies



  • Snow on the Cane Fields: Women’s Writing and Creole Subjectivity (University of Minnesota Press, 1996)
  • Norton Critical Edition of Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea (New York: WW Norton & Co., 1999). Second editon forthcoming 2019.

Selected Articles

  • Raiskin, Judith and Alison Gash, ‘Parenting without Protection: How Legal Status Ambiguity Affects Gay and Lesbian Parenthood,’ Law & Social Inquiry, (Vol. 43, Issue 1, Winter 2018), pp. 82-118.
  • “’No One Belongs Here More Than You’: Travel Ads, Colonial Fantasies, and American Militarism,” Cross/Cultures: Readings in the Post/Colonial Literatures in English (Rodopi, 2015), pp. 269-304.
  • “’Ask Your Travel Agent for the Nirvana You Have Coming’: Shangri-la for Sale,” Global Studies Journal (Volume 4, Issue 2, 2012), pp. 51-65.
  • “Telling Tales Out of School: Indigenous Knowledge and Pacific Island Literature,” Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific, Ed. Kathy Ferguson and Monique Mironesa (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2008).
  • “Inverts and Hybrids: Lesbian Rewritings of Sexual and Racial Identities,” The Lesbian Postmodern. Ed. Laura Doan (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994).
  • “The Art of History: An Interview with Michelle Cliff,” The Kenyon Review ns. Vol. XV, no. 1 (Winter 1993), pp. 57-71.
  • “Jean Rhys: Creole Writing and Strategies of Reading,” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, 22:4, October 1991, pp. 51-67.


Professor Raiskin received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley (1979), her M.A. from the University of Chicago (1982), and her Ph.D from Stanford University (1989).


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