Areas of Research
Modern literature, feminist criticism, literature and history.
Editor and contributor, Gender, Ideology and Action: Historical Perspectives on Women's Public Lives (1986) and Beyond the Public/Domestic Dichotomy: Contemporary Perspectives on Women's Public Lives (1987); A/B/Auto/Biography Studies (1993), Special Issue, "Feminist Biography". Editor, Oxford UP, Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark (2000) and My Antonia (2006); Gender, Modernism, Politics: A Life of Tess Slesinger, under contract.
Associate Professor Sharistanian has published articles on feminist literary theory, Willa Cather, Edith Wharton, Tess Slesinger, Randall Jarrell, Judith Jamison, and Karole Armitage. She is the founding director of KU Women's Studies Program and the Research Institute on Women. Her awards include Outstanding Woman Teacher Award; Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award; Edward F. Grier Award for the Integration of Research and Teaching, and NEH Summer Stipend. She has co-directed five NEH Summer Seminars, "American Women as Writers: Wharton and Cather," and in 2010 co-directed an NEH Summer Seminar on "America and the Great War" with Prof. Ted Wilson (History).