Deborah Siegel Visiting Scholar

Deborah Siegel, PhD is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child (Random House), creator of the Girl w/Pen group blog (housed at The Society Pages), co-founder of SheWrites, and founder of the public voice consultancy, Girl Meets Voice Inc. Her work has appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian,, The Forward, Kveller, Slate, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Ms., More, and Psychology Today, in multiple anthologies, and on her blogs. She has been featured on The Today Show, at TEDx, and in The New York Times.
Deborah earned her PhD in English and American Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Barnard College and the University of Michigan and is now a Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University. Deborah teaches locally through StoryStudio Chicago and elsewhere and nationally through The OpEd Project, where she has led faculty fellowship programs on public voice and thought leadership.
A recipient of multiple Ragdale Foundation writing residencies, Deborah is currently engaged in a multimedia experiment in thinking aloud, and in community, about gender and early childhood, which encompasses illustrated essays, a Pinterest board (Tots in Genderland), and more. She shares pieces from the project through Chicago’s Live Lit scene, including appearances at Story Sessions, Fillet of Solo, Essay Fiesta, and—coming soon!—That’s All She Wrote and Miss Spoken.
When not writing about the unfinished business of feminism or her boy/girl twins, Deborah helps amplify women’s voices in public spaces by teaching and coaching scholars, executives, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, retired leaders, TEDx speakers, and many others with powerful messages who wish to create public platforms for their ideas. Visit her at