Dr. Mary Ruth Stewart

Professor of English


Irby 317F

(501) 450-5100

Mary Ruth Stewart is a Professor of English at The University of Central Arkansas, where she specializes in women’s studies and critical theory. She is author of Captive Bodies: American Women Writers Redefine Pregnancy and Childbirth, the co-editor of Ten Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm’s Effect on American Culture and Identity and Papa, PhD: Essays on Fatherhood by Men in the Academy, and has published articles on Tillie Olsen, Virginia Woolf, Louisa May Alcott, Bernie Babcock, and Sarah Palin, among others, and book chapters on Mad Men and Downton Abbey. Currently she is at work on a book about Arkansas writer Bernie Babcock. Dr. Stewart served as the Executive Director of Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, the state’s only professional Shakespeare theater, from 2010-2020.


Ph.D., University of Tennessee
M.A., University of Central Arkansas



Areas of Specialization

Women’s Studies
Literary Criticism


Spring 2023 Office Hours

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:15a – 10:45a

4p – 5p

 — 9:15a – 10:45a

4p – 5p

11a – 12p



Fall 2021 Class Schedule

Film and Lit. ENGL 1355 TTH 9:25

TTH 2:40

Irby 303
American Lit. II ENGL 2313  TTH 12:15  Irby 304
Senior Seminar ENGL 4335  TTH 8:00 Irby 313

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