Dr. Mimi Gladstein, professor of English and of Theatre, loved her time at UNM where she earned her doctorate in English. Her dissertation at UNM was completed with Hoyt Trowbridge as her Dissertation Director, and with Bob Fleming and David Jones serving as her committee. This dissertation was later revised, updated, and published as The Indestructible Woman in the Works of Faulkner, Hemingway, and Steinbeck, which has won multiple awards. She received the John J. and Angeline Pruis Award for Steinbeck Teacher of the Decade (1978–1987), and in 1996 she received the Burkhardt Award for Outstanding Contributions to Steinbeck Studies.
Since graduating from UNM, Dr. Gladstein has chaired the English and Philosophy Departments at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) twice. Additionally, she was the first Director of the Women’s Studies Program at UTEP, and has served there as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts. Currently, she is the Interim Chair for the Department of Theater and Dance, but has also chaired the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film.
Outside of UTEP, Dr. Gladstein has been very involved in the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA), both as President and as a Sterling Member. She also served as President of the South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (SCSECS), and has been honored to be named to the El Paso Women’s Hall of Fame and the El Paso Historical Society Hall of Honor.
Dr. Gladstein’s “research interests are very diverse”, as she puts it. Her publications include a co-edited volume on “Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand”; an academic article in The Mailer Review called “Piling On: Norman Mailer’s Utilization of Marilyn Monroe”; and the co-edited volume The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga, which won an American Book Award, a Southwest Book Award, and a Latino Book Award.
She has had, and continues to have, a very successful, extensive, and fulfilling career as an alumna of UNM.