Gina Barreca

Hailed as “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina Barreca was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Her weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co. and her work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York TimesThe Independent of LondonThe Chronicle of Higher EducationCosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review.

Gina, who is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut and winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching is the only full-time female academic to be a member of the Friars Club. She’s an honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and winner of NARAL ProChoice Roraback Award, in addition to several other honors.

Most recently the author of If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?, her earlier books include It’s Not That I’m Bitter, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League.  She has appeared, often as a repeat guest, on most major television and radio programs including the BBC, CNN, NPR, the Today Show, 48 Hours, and, yes, Oprah.

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