Celeste Schenck received her B.A. from Princeton University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University. She has published widely on women’s autobiography, poetry, critical theory, and educational and pedagogical issues, and is author of Mourning and Panegyric: The Poetics of Pastoral Ceremony (Penn State Press, 1988) and coeditor of Life/Lines: Theorizing Women’s Autobiography (Cornell, 1989). At Barnard College, where she held the first Ann Whitney Olin Junior Chair, she was founder and coeditor of two national series, the Barnard New Women Poets Series, published by Beacon Press, and Reading Women Writing, an imprimatur of Cornell University Press. As a scholar at Barnard College, she was awarded a Bunting Fellowship at Radcliffe College, Harvard University.
More recently, Schenck began working on postcolonial fiction and international development issues, notably the role of literature in recording the experience of participants in the development process. While at AUP, she published two collections with colleague Dr. Susan Perry: Eye to Eye: Women Practising Development Across Cultures (Zed, 2000), and a special issue of Signs: Journal of Women, Culture and Society devoted to new development cultures.
As an administrator and leader in global higher education, Dr. Schenck founded, provided leadership, and secured funding for AMICAL, a consortium of American universities across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa holding in common the mission of sharing electronic resources, technologies, curricular projects, and student and faculty exchanges across 20 institutions, 17 countries, and 15 languages. She is currently writing a collection of essays on the internationalization of higher education.