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Carol Colatrella

Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Development

Member Of:
  • Ivan Allen Dean's Office
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
Office Location:
Skiles 364


Dr. Carol Colatrella is professor of Literature and Cultural Studies in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication; Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Development; and Co-Director of the Georgia Tech Center for the Study of Women, Science, and Technology, which since 2002 has been sponsored by the Office of the Provost. She was a member of the ADVANCE Team ( from 2001 through 2011; during 2005-2007 she served as Georgia Tech NSF ADVANCE Program Director. Colatrella received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University in 1987.  Her book Evolution, Sacrifice, and Narrative: Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner and 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. 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 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 analyzing 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). Since 1993, she has served as Executive Director of the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts and editor of the SLSA newsletter Decodings. In 2000 and in 2005-06, Colatrella held Fulbright fellowships based 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 various students and Inman Middle School teachers received a CETL Educational Partnership award for their work on 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 $30,000 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.

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-3304: Science, Tech & Gender
  • LMC-3318: Biomedicine & Culture
  • LMC-3833: Special Topics in STAC
  • LMC-3843: Spec Topic-Communication
  • LMC-4102: Senior Thesis