Swarthmore College

Patricia White
Director, Aydelotte Foundation
Centennial Chair and Professor of Film and Media Studies and coordinator of Gender and Sexuality Studies

An expert on feminist and LGBTQ+ cinema, White is the author of five field-defining books on cinema and women’s studies, including Rebecca (Bloomsbury Press, 2021); Women’s Cinema/World Cinema: Projecting Contemporary Feminisms (Duke University Press, 2015); and Uninvited: Classical Hollywood Cinema and Lesbian Representability (Indiana University Press, 1999).

She earned a B.A. in film studies from Yale University and received a Ph.D. in the history of consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz. White serves on the boards of Women Make Movies, of which she is a former board chair, and Film Quarterly. She is also a member of the editorial collective of Camera Obscura.


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Rachel Buurma
Co-Director, Aydelotte Foundation
Associate Professor, English Literature

Rachel Sagner Buurma works on 18th- and 19th-century literature and print culture, the history of the novel, 20-century Anglo-American literary criticism, and literary informatics. Current projects are on the history and theory of literary research, especially practices of knowledge organization like indexing and note-taking, pasts and presents of collaborative work, and the intersection of literary-critical inquiry and information science. With Laura Heffernan, she is at work on a project that retells the history of English literary study from the perspective of the classroom. ​She co-directed the Aydelotte Foundation along with Timothy Burke from 2017-2013.



Anthony S. Foy
Associate Professor, English Literature and Black Studies

Joining the faculty in 2005, Professor Anthony S. Foy specializes in black literary and cultural history. With ongoing research interests in African American autobiography from Emancipation to the present, his publications have examined the autobiographical construction of black masculinity, the role of Jim Crow-era self-presentation in the production of racial uplift ideologies, and the status of visual paratexts in black autobiography; his current research focuses on race, consumption, and the emergence of black celebrity autobiography in the twentieth century. Besides teaching courses centered on both classic and contemporary African American autobiography, Professor Foy teaches courses in African American fiction, post-Civil Rights black culture, and black cultural studies, as well as the English department’s capstone course for majors.

Professor Foy earned his PhD in American Studies and his MA in African American Studies at Yale; he earned his BA in English at UCLA. He has also received fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


Cat Norris
Associate Dean of the Faculty for Academic Programs and Research
Associate Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience

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