Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Literature, Duke University, Durham, NC, May 1994.
  • A.B. with Distinction, Political Science and Economics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, April 1987.


Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

  • Professor Emerita, Women’s and Gender Studies, 2009-
  • Associate Professor with tenure, Women’s and Gender Studies, 2001-2009.
  • Graduate Program Director, Women’s and Gender Studies, 2004-2007.
  • Associate Professor with tenure, Department of English, 2001-2004.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of English, 1994-2001

Duke University, Durham, NC

  • Instructor, Program in Literature, 1992-93
  • Teaching Assistant, Program in Film and Video and Program in Women’s Studies, 1992-1993



Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure Forthcoming from Faber and Faber in Fall 2013.



Journal Articles

  • Gangsters, Pranksters, and the Invention of Trick-or-Treat, 1930-1960 American Journal of Play 4.2 (Fall 2011): 150-175.
  • Polio Comes Home: Pleasure and Danger in CANDY LAND American Journal of Play 3.2 (Fall 2010): 186-229.
  • The Candy Prophylactic: Danger, Disease, and Children’s Candy around 1916 Journal of American Culture 33.3 (September 2010): 167-182.
  • “New Directions in Motherhood Studies.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 36.4 (Summer 2011): 969-1003.
  • “Nation, Place, and Placelessness: Identity, Body, and Geography in the Case of Palestine.” Croatian Journal of Ethnology and Folklore Research 40.1 (2003): 37-48
  • “Haunted Houses, Sinking Ships: Race, Architecture and Identity in Beloved and Middle Passage.” The New Centennial Review 1.3 (Winter 2001)
  • “Safe House? Body, Building, and the Question of Security.” Cultural Critique 45 (Spring 2000): 184-221.
  • “Interactivity and Vulnerability: Gómez-Peña’s El Mexterminator.” PAJ 61 (Jan. 1999):46-52.
  • “The Homeless Body.” Public Culture 10.2 (1998):319-339.
  • “Bodies at Risk: The Architecture of Reversible Destiny (Arakawa & Gins).” PAJ 59 (May 1998):17-27.
  • “@, or, Being on Line. A Reply to Timothy Luke.” Theory & Event 1.2 (Spring 1997), 26 numbered paragraphs. Johns Hopkins University Press peer-reviewed electronic journal: <;.
  • “Good Ethnics, Bad Aliens: Imagining the Global Village.”Macalester International,Vol. 4 (Spring 1997):175-97, special issue on “The Divided Self: Ethnicity, Identity and Globalization.”

Chapters in Books

  • “Vampires and Terrorists: Fanon’s Spectral Violence of Decolonization”. Franz Fanon: New Critical Perspectives, ed. Anthony Alessandrini. Routledge, 1999.
  • “Fugitive Properties.” New Economic Criticism, ed. Martha Woodmansee and Mark Osteen. Routledge, 1999.
  • 415 Men: Moving Bodies, or, the Cinematic Politics of Deportation.”Deleuze and Guattari: New Mappings in Politics/Philosophy/Culture, ed. Kevin Jon Heller and Eleanor Kaufman. University of Minnesota Press, 1998.
  • The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man: (Passing for) Black Passing for White.” Passing and the Fictions of Identity, ed. Elaine Ginsberg. Duke University Press, 1996.

12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Cecilia Kjellstrand  |  October 27, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Bless you and your studies. I just read the NY Times article about you and your studies and am so appreciative. I am a family planning nurse by trade, residing in Brooklyn, and feel like I’ve finally read some interesting,pertinent and level headed research that actually matters. There seems to be a constant barrage of micro-research about health and food that whips up an emotional reaction to food/health that encourages a knee jerk morality that changes with the wind. “Eat walnuts and you will live to be 110 and smarter than anyone else!”. “No, walnuts cause alzheimers, avoid them like the plague!”.
    Or whatever.
    Thank you for contributing something thoughtful that isn’t afraid to call a spade a spade.
    If you ever need a research assistant in Brooklyn, look me up!

  • 2. RFW  |  October 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Congratulations on figuring what to do in retirement. As a former academic, I can relate.

  • 3. Stacy Crabill  |  November 8, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Thank you! I am an artist who paints candy. Visual by nature, I struggle to articulate my feelings and thoughts when asked “why do you paint candy?” Someone familiar my work, forwarded your article in the New York Times to me. Your article put into words, the fascination I have with our relationship to candy. Thank you for the inspiration and fabulous information! I look forward to following your fantastic blog.

  • 4. gordie  |  April 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I don’t know if you can help me—I have a whitman candy display cabinet–it’s refrigerated–has the whitman name across top in etched gold cursive letters, the logo in center between two storage doors. In finding some info–it looks to be one of the cabinets made for whitman distributors/ sellers in the 1940-50’s
    Would you know of anyone interested in such a piece?
    What it may be worth? Thanks for your reply

    • 5. Candy Professor  |  April 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Sorry, Gordie, I don’t do collectables. I’ve seen the case, or similar, at a local chocolate boutique, it’s a nice touch. Good luck!

  • 6. Tina  |  May 29, 2011 at 3:21 am

    Dr. Kawash,

    Your blog is a wonderful read–thank you for writing it!

  • 7. John Reuben Joseph  |  October 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Hi, I am lucky to have found you here. We are a chocolate company based in india. we are looking for to expand in sugar candy business as well. Is there any classes in sugar candy making in US. I see lot of them for chocolate making. But i am looking specifically for sugar candies. You inputs on this will be great. Also please suggest some good books in this topic.


    • 8. Candy Professor  |  October 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Hi John,
      Candy making is not really my area of expertise, but I think you could get help on professional candy instruction through the National Confectioners Association.
      Good luck with your business.

  • 9. ken wiesen  |  December 9, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I am a candy retro-preneur. I return discontinued but not forgotten Iconic candy back to the market. my last adventure was the return of bonomo Turkish taffy. You can read about me in fortune magazine (google bonomo fortune magazine) or look on youtube for turkish taffy and kid in a candy store or unwrapped and bonomo.
    I am looking for information on a iconic candy known as “regal Crown Sours”. One of the greatest candies ever made. I wonder if you may offer me some of your research tips. On am trying to find out what plant they were produced and when. I am informed that they were at one time produced by Trebor bassett in england.

    If any of you readers out there have information on Regal crown sours I would love to hear from them
    Kenny Wiesen

  • 10. paul  |  February 7, 2012 at 1:57 am

    very interesting reading and research on tootsie roll. it should make a nice film…
    perhaps with robin williams.

  • 11. Kate E A Roberts  |  January 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm


    I’ve been having a difficult time tracking down Vampires and Terrorists: Fanon’s Spectral Violence of Decolonization. I’ve read as much as I can of it on Google books, but as you can imagine key parts of the argument are missing. I’ve also scoured the Duke library catalogue, and alas nothing. Would you know where I could find the piece?

  • 12. philip rizk (@tabulagaza)  |  April 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    kate, you can find the piece in a fanon reader called critical perspectives edited by alessandrini


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