Pamela Cobrin

Pamela Cobrin

Senior Lecturer in English, Director of the Writing Program, Director of the Speaking Program, Co-Director of the First-Year Seminar Program


Speaking Fellows, American Studies, Theatre, Writing Fellows, English, First Year Foundation


216 Barnard Hall
T 2-3pm & by appt.


Pamela Cobrin teaches writing and dramatic literature courses in English and Theatre and for the American Studies Program. She is the Director of Writing and Speaking Programs and Co-Director of First-Year Seminar.  She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from NYU. Her scholarship includes her book, Taking Place: From Winning the Vote to Directing on Broadway, Women and the New York Stage, 1880-1927 (University of Delaware Press, 2009), guest editing two issues of Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory titled "Domestic Disturbances" and “Aging” respectively.  She has also published in Scholar and Feminist Online, TDR, American Theatre Magazine and Theatre Insight.  Most recently, she published a chapter in Women and Theatre (Palgrave, 2020), “Performing the Nation State: An Examination of Female Representation in 19th Century American Theatre and the American Imagination.” She has also published scholarship on Writing Center pedagogy and Disability/Accessibility, Exploring Attitudinal, Programmatic, and Physical Access for Students with Disabilities, in Writing Centers and Disability (Fountain Head Press, 2017)

  • BA, University of Delaware
  • MA, Brooklyn College
  • PhD, New York University

  • Writing pedagogy
  • Written and spoken rhetoric
  • United States theatre history
  • United States National Identity and Performance
  • Performance Studies

In The News

Erica Mann Jong ’63, Anna Quindlen ’74, and alumnae from many generations came together during this year’s Reunion to celebrate Barnard’s successful peer-to-peer writing program.

June 26, 2023