Gina Barreca, Ph.D., is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut, the author of It's Not That I'm Bitter: How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World (St. Martin's Press), and has appeared on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, Joy Behar, Dr. Phil, and Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, popular culture, and humor.
Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor (Penguin), as well as Perfect Husband and Other Fairy Tales: Demystifying Men, Marriage and Romance (Crown), Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even (Crown), and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League (University Press of New England); her books have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and German.
In addition, she has edited 17 collections, including The Signet Book of American Humor, The Penguin Book of Women's Humor, and Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing. Professor Barreca writes three times a week for the "Brainstorm" section of The Chronicle of Higher Education, does a weekly column for The Hartford Courant, a monthly column for Principal Leadership, and occasionally spars with her former co-author (of I'm With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstandings between the Sexes Cleared Right Up) Gene Weingarten in his "Below the Beltway" column in The Washington Post.
She has degrees from Dartmouth College, where she was the first woman to be name Alumni Scholar, from Cambridge University, where she was a Reynold's Fellow, and The City University of New York, where she lived next to a good delicatessen. A member of the Friars' Club and an honoree of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame, she is also the recipient of UConn's most prestigious teaching award.
She grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island but now lives in Storrs, CT. Go figure.
Her website is www.ginabarreca.com