Linda Mizejewski

Linda Mizejewski

Linda Mizejewski

Distinguished Professor


286D University Hall

Office Hours

By appointment (Zoom)

Areas of Expertise

  • Popular Culture
  • Comedy
  • Feminist Film Theory


  • Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Prof. Mizejewski specializes in cinema studies and popular culture. She is the author of Divine Decadence: Fascism, Female Spectacle and the Makings of Sally Bowles (1992); Ziegfeld Girl: Image and Icon in Culture and Cinema (1999); Hardboiled and High Heeled: the Woman Detective in Popular Culture (2004); and It Happened One Night (2010), a study of the landmark film for the Wiley-Blackwell Studies in Film and Television. Her most recent monograph, Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics (2015) has won honorable mention for two national book prizes. She is also the co-editor of the anthology Hysterical! American Women in Comedy (2017), winner of the Susan Koppelman Prize from the Popular Culture Association. She is currently working on a TV Milestones book about the series The Americans and is co-editing an anthology on Carrie Fisher.

Mizejewski has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Slovakia and Romania, and her research has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. At Ohio State, she has won the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award and the Harlan Hatcher Distinguished Faculty Award. In the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, she has developed new courses in popular culture and women’s literature, as well as a service-learning course, "Feminist Perspectives on Addiction." She serves on the board of the Collegiate Recovery Community on campus and is a speaker for the Ohio Humanities Council. 

2021 Graduate Admissions:
Dr. Mizejewski will not be taking on new graduate advisees during the Autumn 2021 admissions cycle.

Book Publications

Prof. Mizejewski's books Hysterical, Pretty/Funny, It Happened One Night, and Hardboilded & High Heeled


Selected Publications

, Genders Online Journal, 2013

 "Calamity Jane and Female Masculinity in Deadwood", Dirty Words in Deadwood: Literature and the Postwestern.  Eds. Melody Graulich and Nicolas S. Witschi.  U. of Nebraska P, 2013. 184-207. 

"Queen Latifah, Unruly Women, and the Bodies of Romantic Comedy", Genders OnLine Journal, 2007