Mimi R. Gladstein holds a PhD from the University of New Mexico in Contemporary American Literature. Her areas of concentration are contemporary American literature, Eighteenth Century British Literature, women's studies, theatre arts, Steinbeck, Hemingway and Ayn Rand.
Courses taught by Dr. Gladstein include Graduate Seminar in Hemingway and Steinbeck, Graduate Seminar in Age of Satire, Graduate Seminar in Women Writers and Writing, Graduate Seminar in Biography and Autobiography of the Female Experience, Text and Cinema, and John Steinbeck.
Mimi R. Gladstein has performed numerous administrative tasks during her tenure at UTEP.. She was the first Director of the Women's Studies Program: She chaired the English Department twice. After being Associate Dean, she chaired the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film. As Executive-Director of UTEP's Diamond Jubilee year-long celebration, she developed and coordinated programming as diverse as Physics Fairs and football half-time shows that featured alumni Band and Golddiggers. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, she was Director of the Western Cultural Heritage Program. She has been President of both the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association and the South Central Society for Eighteenth Century Studies.
The author of books including, Feminist Interpretations of Ayn Rand, The Ayn Rand Companion and The Indestructible Woman in Faulkner, Hemingway, and Steinbeck, Dr. Gladstein has also published in journals such as College English, The
Steinbeck Quarterly, and Studies in American Drama 1945 to Present. Her critical essays appear in numerous anthologies.
Her latest publications include: The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga, a 2008 anthology co-edited with Daniel Chacon, which won the American Book Award, a Latino Book Award, and a Southwest Book Award. Ayn Rand, published in 2010, is a volume in a series on Major Conservative and Libertarian Thinkers.
Gladstein has won international awards for her contributions to Steinbeck studies-the John J. and Angeline Pruis Award for Teaching and the Burkhardt Award for scholarship. She is also the recipient of the Burlington Northern Award for Teaching
Excellence. In 1990-91, Gladstein was a Fulbright Professor in Caracas, Venezuela; in 1995 she taught, as a Senior Fulbright Scholar, at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid.