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

The Harlem Renaissance, art installations at the MoMA, and American theatre are a small slice of what students will learn as they head back to class this spring.

January 8, 2024

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

A peer-to-peer writing program prepares students to become strong communicators of science.

April 11, 2022

The chief innovation officer of a major hospital center shared her experiences in the healthcare system during COVID-19, as the final event of the Big Problems: Making Sense of 2020 lecture series.

December 4, 2020

The award-winning journalist discussed race and inequality in the healthcare system as part of the Big Problems: Making Sense of 2020 lecture series.


October 30, 2020