Carol Colatrella

Professor & Co-Director, WST Center

Member Of:
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Office Location: Skiles 364
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Dr. Carol Colatrella is professor of literature and cultural studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and Co-Director of the Georgia Tech Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology. Colatrella served as Ivan Allen College associate dean for graduate studies and faculty development from August 2012 to August 15, 2021. Previously, she was a member of the ADVANCE Team ( from 2001 through 2011. During 2005-2007 she served as Georgia Tech NSF ADVANCE Program Director and during 1995-97 as associate chair of the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture (now Literature, Media, and Communication). In 1995, with Georgia Tech colleagues, Colatrella founded the Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology (WST) and established the Ivan Allen College WST minor. In 2000, she developed the WST Learning Community, the first learning community at Georgia Tech, now located in Stein and Goldin ( Since 1993, she has served as Executive Director of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts ( and as the editor of the SLSA newsletter Decodings; she is also a member of the Configurations journal advisory board (

Publications: Colatrella received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 1987 under the direction of John O. McCormick. Her dissertation analyzed romans-fleuves, novels written in series; a revision was published as her first book, Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative: Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner, and was reprinted in 2017 by Routledge. Her articles in Nineteenth-Century French Studies and Comparative Literature and other journals analyze popular and scientific narrative representations of race, class, and gender. She has co-edited (with Joseph Alkana) and contributed to an anthology examining the influence of Sacvan Bercovitch's scholarship on American culture, Cohesion and Dissent in America (SUNY Press, 1993). Her book Literature and Moral Reform: Melville and the Discipline of Reading provides an historically informed study of moral rehabilitation and reform in the nineteenth-century United States as well as an analysis of Melville's narrative strategies; it was published in 2002 by the University Press of Florida. In 2011 Ohio State University Press published her book about popular culture representations of women developing and engaging with science and technology, Toys and Tools in Pink: Cultural Narratives of Gender, Science, and Technology. Colatrella edited and contributed to the anthology Technology and Humanity (Salem Press, 2012). Her recent scholarship includes essays on Charles Darwin and feminism in After Darwin Eds. Devin Griffiths and Deanna Kreisel (Cambridge University Press, 2022) and on contemporary novels about women scientists in Under the Microscope (Penn State University Press, 2021). SUNY Press published her most recent book, Feminism's Progress: Gender Politics in British and American Literature and Television Since 1830 in 2023.

Awards: In 2000 Colatrella held a Fulbright fellowship based in Denmark. As a member of a Fulbright New Century Scholars Seminar in 2005-06, she collaborated with other scholars at meetings in Boston, Cairo, and Paris; supported by this Fulbright grant, she also pursued research on gender equity in Denmark. Her other fellowships include a Georgia Tech European Union Center Grant, 2010-11, and a residency at Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin, June 2008. She received the Geoffrey G. Eicholz Faculty Teaching Award, Georgia Tech, 2007-10. In spring 2013, Colatrella, Dr. Mary Lynn Realff (MSE), and a number of Georgia Tech students and Inman Middle School teachers received a CETL Educational Partnership award for their work on the GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science) club, which offers weekly, hands-on activities for students interested in STEM. In spring 2019, Gift to Tech, an initiative of the Student Alumni Associate, awarded $32,000 to WST and the Cultural Diversity Affairs Committee (CDAC) of the Georgia Tech Student Government Association for the Menstrual Products Program proposed by Colatrella and CDAC leaders. The funds supported a pilot program distributing free menstrual products in campus restrooms. In spring 2021, Colatrella and Kera Allen, HSTS Ph.D. candidate, were awarded a Digital Integrated Liberal Arts Center grant to develop a teaching module on the history of gender and race in computing; readings and digital assignments were piloted in fall 2021 in Colatrella's LMC 3304: Science, Technology, and Gender course. In spring 2022, Colatrella received two awards: the 2022 Faculty Legacy Award from the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech, and the Inaugural 2021 Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Gender Equity Award from Georgia Tech. Colatrella received an Excellence in Research Award from the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech in spring 2024.

  • Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • M.A., Comparative Literature, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
  • B.A., Liberal Arts, St. John
Awards and
  • Inaugural Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Gender Equity Award, 2022
  • Ivan Allen Jr. Faculty Legacy Award, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Tech, 2022
Areas of
  • American Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • Gender, Science, And Technology
  • Inequality
  • Narrative Theory


Research Fields:
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Europe - United Kingdom
  • Latin America and Caribbean
  • North America
  • Gender
  • Health
  • Inequality and Social Justice
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Science and Technology
  • World Literature


  • ENGL-1102: English Composition II
  • LCC-2200: Intro to Gender Studies
  • LCC-2813: Special Topics in STAC
  • LCC-3202: Studies in Fiction
  • LCC-3226: Major Authors
  • LCC-3252: Film and Television
  • LCC-3304: Science, Tech, & Gender
  • LCC-3318: Biomedicine & Culture
  • LCC-3510: American Culture II
  • LCC-3823: Special Topics Lit/Cult
  • LCC-3833: Special Topics in STAC
  • LCC-4102: Senior Thesis
  • LMC-2200: Intro to Gender Studies
  • LMC-3112: Evolution&Industrial Age
  • LMC-3202: Democracy & Fiction
  • LMC-3304: Science, Tech & Gender
  • LMC-3318: Biomedicine & Culture
  • LMC-3833: Special Topics in STAC
  • LMC-3843: Spec Topic-Communication
  • LMC-4000: Senior Seminar in LMC
  • LMC-4102: Senior Thesis

Recent Publications