Abridged CV

(For unabridged CV, click here.)

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York, NY, 1975–1982
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (1982), M.Phil. With Honors in Comparative Literature (1980), M.A. in French (1977)

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, OH, 1969–1973
B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and With Distinction in Comparative Literature (1973)



Director of Study Abroad Program (Paris), Harvard Summer School

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (
Chair of WGS: 2006, 2009, 2014–2016)

Spring 2002
While on academic leave from Harvard University, served as Distinguished Visiting Professor in Comparative Studies, Program for Public Intellectuals at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Chair, Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies

Spring 1995
Acting Chair, Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies

Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures

Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures


At the Risk of Thinking: An Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2020).

Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan, eds. Alice Jardine, Shannon Lundeen, and Kelly Oliver (New York: SUNY University Press, 2007).

Shifting Scenes: Interviews on Women, Writing, and Politics in Post-68 France, eds. Alice Jardine and Anne Menke (New York: Columbia University Press, 1991); paperback edition 1993.

Social Control and the Arts: An International Perspective, Papers from the Conference on Forms of Censorship Held at Harvard University on April 21, 1990, eds. Susan Suleiman, Alice Jardine, Ruth Perry and Carla Mazzio (Cambridge: New Cambridge Press, 1990).

Men in Feminism, eds. Alice Jardine and Paul Smith (New York and London: Methuen, 1987); second edition 1988.

Gynesis: Configurations of Woman and Modernity (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985, paperback, 1986).  Several chapters of Gynesis have been reprinted separately; for example, “The Demise of Experience: Fiction as Stranger Than Truth,” in Postmodernism: A Reader, ed. Thomas Docherty (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993); Gynésis: Configurations de la femme et de la modernité, trans. Patricia Baudoin with the author (Paris: Presses Universitaires de France, 1991).

The Future of Difference, eds. Hester Eisenstein and Alice Jardine (Boston: G.K. Hall and Company, 1980; paperback, Rutgers University Press, 1985). Cited in the Harvard Guide to Influential Books.

Julia Kristeva, Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art, ed. Leon Roudiez, trans. Thomas Gora, Alice Jardine and Leon Roudiez (New York: Columbia University Press, 1980).

Completed (in manuscript)
BOOMING: An Apocalyptic Memoir

In progress 
Picaresque Paris: Bringing Theory Back to Life

Other Projects
Visions of Catastrophe: The 21st Century 1950s Style.
Mothers Writing: Collected Essays
With Shixian Sheng, Sisters in Waiting: Growing Up in Mao's China and McCarthy's America.

“Interview with Iskra Angelova” in M Magazine, special issue on “Girl Power,” March 23, 2020.

“At the Risk of Thinking: On Writing an Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva,” in Sarah K. Hansen and Rebecca Tuvel, eds., New Forms of Revolt: Essays on Kristeva’s Intimate Politics (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2017), 195–212.

“Risking Who One Is, At the Risk of Thinking: On Writing an Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva,” in Lia Brozgal and Sara Kippur, eds. Being Contemporary: (Un)Timely Essays in French Culture (Liverpool: Liverpool Press, 2016).

“What Feminism?” French Politics, Culture, and Society 28, no. 2 (July 2010): 66–74.

“Thinking Wittig's Differences: ‘Or, Failing That, Invent,’” GLQ 13, no. 4 (2007): 455–466.

“The Game Show,” Women's Studies Quarterly 33, nos. 3 & 4 (Fall/Winter 2006).

 “The Invisible Woman in the Academy: Or, Murder Still without A Text,” Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature 24, no. 2 (Fall 2005): 223–29.

“A Surplus of Living Attention: Celebrating the Life and Ideas of Teresa Brennan,” published on Harvard Women's Studies Webpage, March 2004 and as “Introduction” in Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan, eds. Alice Jardine and Kelly Oliver (New York: SUNY University Press, 2007).

“Coding the Human in a Transmodern World: A Millennial Conversation with Alice Jardine” and excerpt from BOOMING. FACS 6 (Spring 2003).

 “Dolphins, Dying Rooms, And Destabilized Demographics: or, Loving Anna In a Transmodern World,” Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature 21, no. 2 (Fall 2002): 333–45.

New Books Network podcast, At the Risk of Thinking: An Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva, April 8, 2022.

"At the Risk of Thinking," Colloque international de Cerisy, June 28, 2021.

"Thinking with Julia Kristeva," La Maison Française of New York University, March 17, 2021.

At the Risk of Thinking: An Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva, “Evenings with an Author,” American Library in Paris, September 8, 2020.

“At the Risk of Thinking, Or: Who’s Afraid of Julia Kristeva?”, the Annual Poggioli Colloquium, Harvard University, February 25, 2020.

“Celebration of Alice Jardine’s New Book, At the Risk of Thinking: An Intellectual Biography of Julia Kristeva,” with Ann Pellegrini, Harvard University, February 19, 2020.

“At the Risk of Thinking, Or: Who’s Afraid of Julia Kristeva?”, a Round Table with Iskra Angelova at the Kristeva Circle, Emory University, Atlanta, October 3–5, 2019.

Participated in organization of conference in honor of Christie McDonald’s retirement from Harvard University, April 29, 2017.

“Contemporary Feminism: Is the Personal Still Political?” at Connecticut College, March 1, 2016.

Organized and moderated conference in honor of Susan Suleiman’s retirement from Harvard University, “On Being Contemporary”, May 2, 2015.

Organized and moderated seminar “Messengers of Hatred: The (Ir)resistible Rise of the Far Right in France and Europe,” a discussion with Eleni Varikas and Michael Lowy, Barker Center, March 24, 2015.

Invited guest of Sofia University in Sofia, Bulgaria, September 23–28, 2014. Gave three radio interviews and appeared on television intellectual talk show. Met high ranking Bulgarian religious leaders, university officials, faculty, and students, etc while accompanying Julia Kristeva on visit to her homeland.

Keynote Speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Kristeva Circle, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, March 27–30, 2014.

Organized and moderated week-long visit by Julia Kristeva to Harvard and Boston College, “Julia Kristeva in Boston: New Forms of Revolt,” Harvard, October 17, 2013.

Organized and moderated colloquium, “Access and Entitlement/Gender and Sexuality: Confronting the Healthcare Crisis,” Harvard University, December 4, 2009.

“I Like Ike But I Love Lucy: Women in 1956,” Jule Collins Smith Museum, Atlanta, October 26, 2009.

“Update on WGS at Harvard,” Radcliffe Reunion, June 3, 2009.

“What Feminism?” Colloquium on Simone de Beauvoir, Humanities Center, Harvard, February 20, 2009.

“From Helen Gurley Brown to Sex and the City: Postmodern Feminism,” Boston Seminar on the History of Women and Gender, Schlesinger Library, October 23, 2008.

“From Women's Studies to WGS,” HGLC, Harvard University, September 26, 2008.

“The Longest Revolution: The Girls We Left Behind and the Women We Became,” Radcliffe, June 3, 2008.

“In Honor of Wayne Lawson,” The Ohio Arts Council, Columbus, Ohio, February 21, 2006.

“Visions of Catastrophe: Five French Films,” Williams College, February 13, 2006.

“Feminist Philosophy and Globalization: The Case of Teresa Brennan,” Florida Atlantic Univ., Jan. 15, 2006.

Spoke on “The Task Force Reports and Harvard University,” at the Harvard Club, June 15, 2005.

Moderator of Panel at “Sartre and His Others/Sartre et Ses Autres” Conference, Harvard, April 15–16, 2005.                                                                

Spoke on “Women and Tenure at Harvard”, at the Seneca Panel, Harvard, March 5, 2005.

Lecture delivered at the December Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, December 27–28, 2004, at Forum in Honor of Carolyn Heilbrun.

“Thinking Wittig’s Differences,” Lecture delivered at Conference Honoring Monique Wittig, Harvard University, December 11, 2004.

Convener and Moderator of Roundtable, “The Life of Jacques Derrida (1930-2004),” Harvard, Dec. 6, 2004.

Organized major conference on Teresa Brennan, “A Surplus of Living Attention,” held at Harvard on April 30–May 1, 2004.

“A Surplus Of Living Attention: In Honor of the Life and Ideas of Teresa Brennan,” paper presented at National Philosophy Conference, SPEP, Boston, November 6–8, 2004.

Spoke at the Memorial Conference for Professor Teresa Brennan, SUNY Stony Brook Manhattan, October 3–4, 2003.

Moderated panel at conference on the life and work of Naomi Schor, “The Lure of the Detail,” Brown University, April 4–5, 2003.

Convened and chaired a special panel on the life and work of Professor Naomi Schor at the Nineteenth Century French Literature Conference, Ohio State University, October 26, 2002.

“Dolphins, Dying Rooms, and Destabilized Demographics: or, Loving Anna in a Transmodern World,” Distinguished Visiting Professorship Lecture, Program for Public Intellectuals, Florida Atlantic University, May 2002.

“An Introduction to Cultural Studies,” for the English Language Institute, Harvard, June 2002.

“Postmodernism, Gender, and Trauma” at the Gender, Trauma, and Family/Couples and Family Clinic Workshop, Cambridge Hospital, May 20, 2000.

BOOMING,” Reading at Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Florida, May 1999; at the Humanities Center, Harvard University, April 2000.