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About Mimi Reisel Gladstein

Member, Board of ADVISORS


Mimi Reisel Gladstein is a Professor of English and Theatre Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is the author of five books and co-editor of two.

One of her co-edited books, The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga, won an American Book Award, a Southwest Book Award, and a Latino Book Award. She has received international recognition, including the John J. and Angeline Pruis Award and the Burkhardt Award for Steinbeck scholarship. 

"I joined the RIFI board because I believe in its mission of educating our young people to use reason," Gladstein explains. "It is more important than ever in contrast to the claptrap of emotion and the perversion of self-esteem promoted in the public schools. The future of our country depends on it."

Gladstein’s scholarly articles cover subjects as diverse as feminism in the Harry Potter series and bilingual wordplay in Hemingway and Steinbeck. Her articles have been translated and published in both Mexico and Japan.

Her books include The Indestructible Woman in Faulkner, Hemingway, and Steinbeck,  Atlas Shrugged: Manifesto of the Mind, and The New Ayn Rand Companion.

At the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) she has served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, as well as Chaired the English Department, Philosophy Department, and Theatre, Dance, and Film. She was the first Director of the Women’s Studies Program.  In 2006 she received the University Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to Students. The El Paso Commission for Women named her to their Hall of Fame in 2011. The El Paso County Historical Society inducted her into their Hall of Honor in 2011.  Besides her many years at UTEP, Dr. Gladstein has taught semesters in London, Madrid, and Caracas and given seminars in Zambia and Brazil.