Amy K. Levin

Amy Levin

Amy K. Levin
Professor of Women's 
Studies & English 


Amy K. Levin is Director of Women's Studies and Professor of English. Levin has taught classes in women's literature, Women's Studies, Museum Studies, nineteenth-century British literature, and African-American literature. Levin is also chair of the Committee on Multicultural Education Curriculum Transformation and active on the President's Commission on the Status of Women. She has served as chair of the internal strategic planning committee of the National Women’s Studies Association as well.

Currently, Levin is involved in efforts to increase recruitment and retention of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at all levels; she is co-Principal Investigator on an NSF Catalyst Grant, “Navigate, Balance, and Retain: Developing Success in Mid-Career for Female STEM Faculty.” As co-PI on a previous NSF grant, she was involved in an intervention to retain women in Calculus I and an ad campaign to change negative perceptions of women’s abilities in mathematics.

Levin’s awards and recognition include receiving a Faculty Achievement Award from Central Missouri State University and the first Outstanding Mentor Award from the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women at NIU. She has also completed a fellowship from the Ford Foundation to conduct research on Africanisms in African-American culture and literature.

Levin's research focuses on literature by women as well as race, class, and gender in museums. Her books include: The Suppressed Sister: A Relationship in Novels by Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century British Women (1992), Africanism and Authenticity in African-American Women’s Novels (2003), Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America’s Changing Communities (2007), and Gender, Sexuality, and Museums: A Routledge Reader (2010).

Levin came to Northern Illinois University in 1995 from Central Missouri State University. Prior to teaching college, Dr. Levin taught at Scarsdale (NY) High School for eight years. She received her Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center, her M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard.