Dr. Michelle Massé

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Michelle Massé is the Founding Director of Women's and Gender Studies at LSU, President of the Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages, editor of the State University of New York's series on Feminist Theory and Criticism, and serves on the Governor's Women's Policy and Research Commission.  Her scholarship addresses intersections among gender, psychoanalysis, and narrative.  Massé explores those interests through traditional scholarship, as well as through work on topics such as social justice and higher education policy, gendered psychoanalytic issues in teaching, administration, and mentoring, and the effects of discrimination and harassment/assault upon women in the workplace. 

A graduate of Assumption School, Bellingham High School and of Anna Maria College for Women (all in Massachusetts), Massé is fortunate to have been trained by some of the strongest feminists in the world:  nuns and nurses.  A first-generation graduate of college on one side, and of high school on the other, Massé's ongoing education has been supported by her mother, by female and male mentors, by her husband, James Catano, and by her sisters, both literal and figurative. 

Massé wrote In the Name of Love:  Women, Masochism, and the Gothic, a book nominated by Cornell University Press as the best critical book published that year.  It explores how women are taught to seek identity through being loved.  She has also designed and co-edited two collections on topics important to her:  Over Ten Million Served:  Gendered Service in Language and Literature Workplaces and Staging a Woman's Life in Academia: Performing Life Stages in Language and Literature Workplaces

Massé has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Center for the Humanities, and Rutgers' Center for Historical Analysis, as well as multiple state-sponsored grants.  They, like her scholarship and teaching, have supported her life-long commitment to opening doors for others.