Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Janet Powers, Professor Emerita at Gettysburg College, has taught for 45 years in the fields of South Asian civilization and literature, womens' studies and peace studies. She holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and is the author of Blossoms on the Olive Tree: Israeli and Palestinian Women Working for Peace (Praeger, 2006), Kites Over the Mango Tree: Restoring Harmony Between Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat (Praeger 2008), and a book of poetry, Difficult to Subdue as the Wind (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Her articles have appeared in CEA Critic, Journal of Modern Literature, Journal of Peace Education, Literature East and West, Journal of Third World Studies, Mahfil, New Literature Review, Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies, Peace Review, Religion, South Asia Review, World Literature Today and World Literature Written in English. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award (Gettysburg College), the Distinguished Asianist Award (Mid-Atlantic Region/Association for Asian Studies) and a UNESCO Research Grant. In addition, Professor Powers has contributed articles to Asian-American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace, South Asian Literature in English: an Encyclopedia, and South Asian Novelists in English: an A-Z Guide. Her current research deals with Bosnian Women Recovering from War. She continues to teach in an adjunct capacity as needed.