Julia Watson



Julia Watson is Professor of Comparative Studies and former Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. She and Sidonie Smith have co-written Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (2001; second, expanded edition, 2010). They have co-edited De/Colonizing the Subject:  The Politics of Gender in Women’s Autobiography (1992); Getting a Life: Everyday Uses of Autobiography (1996); Women, Autobiography, Theory (1998); Interfaces: Women, Autobiography, Image, Performance (2001); Before They Could Vote: American Women’s Autobiographical Writing, 1819-1919 (2002).  Smith and Watson have also co-authored several essays including the forthcoming “Witnessing or False Witnessing? Metrics of Authenticity, Collective ‘I’-Formations, and the Ethic of Verification in First-person Testimony” and “Virtually Me: A Toolbox about Online Self-Presentation.”  Watson’s recent or forthcoming essays are on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Bobby Baker’s Diary Drawings and posthumanism, and autoethnography and ethnicity.  She holds dual American and Republic of Ireland citizenship.