Elizabeth Toohey, Assistant Professor of English

Elizabeth Toohey


Ph.D., English, CUNY Graduate Center, Women's Studies Certificate, 2006

B.A., Art History, Wesleyan University, 1994

Research Interests

Post-9/11 film and fiction, contemporary American literature, women's studies, journalism


Elizabeth Toohey teaches journalism and advises the student newspaper, the Communiqué. A regular contributor to The Christian Science Monitor, she reviews books on women's studies, film and American culture. Her current research focuses on the aftermath of 9/11 in American and western European film and fiction.


Articles and Book Chapters

"Post-9/11 New York on Screen: Mourning, Surveillance and the Arab Other in Tom McCarthy's The Visitor." Terror in Global Narrative: Representations of 9/11 in the Age of Late-Late Capitalism, edited by George Fragopoulos and Liliana Naydan. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

"Mary Gordon" in the Encyclopedia of Women's Autobiography, edited by Victoria Boynton and Jo Malin. Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 2005.

"Emma and the Countryside: Weather and a Place for a Walk." Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal, vol.21, 1999, pp. 44-52.


"'The Golden House' is Salman Rushdie's Failed Attempt to Capture America in the Trump Era." Review of The Golden House, by Salman Rushdie. Christian Science Monitor. 7 Sept. 2017.

"'Jane Austen At Home' Considers Where And How Austen Lived And Why It Matters." Review of Jane Austen at Home, by Lucy Worsley. Christian Science Monitor. 17 July 2017.

"'Miss Burma,' Inspired by Family History, Is a Troubled Tale of Marriage and War." Review of Miss Burma, by Charmaine Craig. Christian Science Monitor. 16 May 2017.

"'The Girl in Green' Tells a Dark, Funny, Poetic Tale of the US in Iraq." Review of The Girl in Green, by Derek B. Miller. Christian Science Monitor. 16 Jan. 2016. p. 40.

"Questions of Class, Immigration, and Color." Review of Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue. Christian Science Monitor. 15 and 22 Aug. 2016. p. 40.

"Three Powerful Literary Takes On Motherhood." Books/Chapter & Verse/Blog. Christian Science Monitor. 2 May 2016.

"'Her Again' Tells How Meryl Streep Became a Star." Review of Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, by Michael Schulman. Christian Science Monitor. 28 April 2016.

"'Charlotte Bronte' is an Irresistible Biography of Jane Eyre and Its Author." Review of Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart, by Claire Harman. Christian Science Monitor. 22 March 2016.

"The Lost Landscape' Explores the Forces that Shaped Joyce Carol Oates." Review of The Lost Landscape: A Writer's Coming of Age by Joyce Carol Oates. Christian Science Monitor. 17 Sept. 2015.

"'The Last Bus to Wisdom' Is Ivan Doig's Final Tribute to the American West." Review of The Last Bus to Wisdom, by Ivan Doig. Christian Science Monitor. 31 August 2015, p. 40.

"'Circling the Sun" Takes Readers on a Flight with Beryl Markham." Review of Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain. Christian Science Monitor. 26 July 2015.

"'Women Of Will' Argues That to Know Shakespeare, You Must Know His Women." Review of Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays, by Tina Packer. Christian Science Monitor. 19 April 2015.

"How Money, Status drive College Decisions: What Is A Degree from an American College Worth? Two Very Different Writers Raise Troubling Questions about Higher Education in the U.S." Reviews of Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni and The End of College by Kevin Carey. Christian Science Monitor. 16 March 2015, p. 40.

"'Honeydew' Showcases Edith Pearlman's Originality and Versatility." Review of Honeydew by Edith Pearlman. Christian Science Monitor. 13 Jan. 2015.

"'A Path Appears' Considers How and Why We Give." Review of A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Christian Science Monitor. 6 October 2014, p. 40.

"'Lisette's List' Is Aimed at Francophiles and Art Lovers." Review of Lisette's List, by Susan Vreeland. Christian Science Monitor. 27 August 2014.

"Graduation Time: Skip 'Congratulations, By the Way' by George Saunders and Try David Foster Wallace Instead." Chapter & Verse/ Blog. Christian Science Monitor. 5 May 2014.

Review of Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein. Christian Science Monitor. 4 March 2014.

Review of All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior. Christian Science Monitor. 5 Feb. 2014.

"A Teacher's Primer: An Award-Winning Teacher Offers Candor, Tips." Review of Real Talk for Real Teachers by Rafe Esquith. Christian Science Monitor. 2 September. 2013, p. 40.

Review of My Lunches with Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles, edited by Peter Biskind. 15 July 2013.

Review of Anne Frank: The Biography, by Melissa Müller. Christian Science Monitor. 11 June 2013, p. 40.

Review of How Literature Saved My Life, by David Shields. Christian Science Monitor. 4 Feb. 2013.

Review of Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz. Christian Science Monitor. 14 Aug. 2012.

Review of Pauline Kael: A Life in the Dark, by Brian Kellow. Christian Science Monitor. 29 Dec. 2011.

Review of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman, by Sam Wasson. Christian Science Monitor. 23 July 2010.

Review of 97 Orchard: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, by Jane Ziegelman. Christian Science Monitor. June 2010.

Review of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World, by Claire Harman. Christian Science Monitor. 9 April 2010, p. 40.

Review of The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, by Louis Menand. Christian Science Monitor. 11 March 2010.

Review of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, by Gail Collins. Christian Science Monitor. 29 Oct. 2009.

Selected Conference Papers

"The Dangerous Passage of 'The Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction': Photography and Captions in Laurent Cantet's 'The Class'"
American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA), Los Angeles 2018

"9/11 and the Collapse of the American Dream: Imbolo Mbue's Behold the Dreamers​​" for "Departure, Stay, and Return in post 9/11 African Narratives of Migration"

Modern Language Association (MLA), New York 2018

Featured Panel: "Defending Freedom of the Press & Intellectual Liberty"

Transitions and Transactions III: Literature and Creative Writing Pedagogies in Community Colleges. Borough of Manhattan Community College, April 2016

"Post-9/11 New York on Screen: Mourning, Surveillance and the Arab Other"
American Comparative Literature Association, New York, March 2014

Roundtable, "The Future of Journalism"
Two-Year College English Association, Morristown, N.J., October 2013

"The Visitor: Self-Actualization, Globalization and the Ghost of 9-11"
Northeast Modern Language Association, New Brunswick, April 2011

"Hollywood in the Wake of 9/11: Mourning, Surveillance and the Arab Other."
Dean's Colloquium. Principia College. October 2011

"Teaching African Fiction: Shaping a Postcolonial Feminism"
A panel with Meena Alexander and Huma Ahmed Ghosh for The Praxis of Feminist Pedagogy, Feminist Pedagogy Conference, New York, 2009

Campus Cultural Centers

Kupferberg Holocaust Center (KHC)Opens in a new window
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Queensborough Performing Arts CenterOpens in a new window
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QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.