Andrea Crow

Andrea Crow is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. Her dissertation, "The Demographics of Diet in Early Modern English Literature," argues that between the late sixteenth century and the Restoration, English writers began discussing food in more demographically-specific terms as a result of widespread efforts to influence consumption practices by shaping the dietary habits of individuals and the populations to which they belonged. Her work has been published in Shakespeare Quarterly and Early Modern Women, and she has received a grant-in-aid from the Folger Shakespeare library to pursue her research as well as a Foreign Languages and Area Studies grant from the U.S. department of education in order to further her study of Classical Arabic. She has also been named one of Columbia's Lead Teaching Fellows, an appointment aimed at intensive pedagogical development.

Andrea is closely aligned with Columbia's Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is pursuing a graduate certificate in feminist scholarship with the institute and received oral history training in order to act as an interviewer for an oral history project on the formation of the institute. She is also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Social Difference, and is the graduate assistant and an active member of "Women Mobilizing Memory," a working group sponsored by the center, bringing together academics, activists, and artists to address issues related to memory and historical trauma. Additionally, Andrea is heavily involved in university government: she served as her department's representative to the Graduate Students Advisory Council for two years and is currently a member of the University Senate, representing graduate students in the humanities.

Academic Interests:

early modern literature, food politics, manuscript studies, poetry and poetics, material culture, gender and sexuality studies, academic labor and the future of the university