Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-2250
fax: (248) 370-4429

L. Bailey McDaniel

A headshot of Bailey McDaniel.

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 522 O'Dowd Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2008

Ph.D. Indiana University (Drama, Gender and Race Studies)
M.A. Indiana University (Drama, Contemporary American Literature)
A.B. University of Michigan (Economics)

Major Fields:
Drama and Performance Studies; Gender, Race, and Queer Studies; Postcolonial Literature, Ethnic American Fiction

Professor McDaniel is a Michigan native who grew up in and around Wayne County. After earning an undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Michigan, she spent five years in New York City studying acting and performing.  She earned her graduate degrees in English at Indiana University. She is thrilled to be back home, doing the work that she loves with students she deeply appreciates and respects.

The undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches typically investigate issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and physical abilities as they are engaged in modern drama, US ethnic literature, and postcolonial literature and drama.


(Re)Constructing Maternal Performance in Twentieth-Century American Drama, Palgrave Macmillan (2013).

“A Mother and an Other: Bad Mammies, Black Maternity, and the Sexual Threat.” Staging Motherhood. Eds. Karen   Bamford, Sheila Rabillard. (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

“Cherríe Moraga.” American Writers XXIII. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills: Cengage Gale, 2013.

“David Henry Hwang.” American Writers XXI. Ed. Jay Parini. Farmington Hills: Cengage Gale, 2011.

Entry on “Elizabeth McCracken”; Encyclopedia of Contemporary Fiction; Infobase Publishing, 2009.

“Domestic Tragedies: The Feminist Dilemma in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.” Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Ed. Eric Sterling. Rodopi Press, 2008.

Entries on “Sharon Pollack” and “Anne-Marie MacDonald”; Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama; Columbia University Press, 2007.

“ReelItalian: Melodrama, Magnani, and Alternative Subjects in The Rose Tattoo.Literature/Film Quarterly, 34.4 (2006).

Essay on Susan Glaspell’ s Trifles; Literary Criticism Electronic Database; Whitson Publishing/EBSCO, 2006.

Research interests:
Modern Drama and Performance; Gender, Race, and Queer Studies; Ethnic American Literature; Literary Theory

Recent Courses Taught:
ENG 600, “Postcolonial Drama”

ENG 600, "Performing Motherhood in Modern American Drama" 

ENG 566, "Postcolonial Performance and Theory"

ENG 533, "Critical Theory and Practice"

ENG 400/WGS 301, "It Rhymes with Witch: Exploring the 'B' Word in World Drama"

ENG 400, “Notions of Shame in Contemporary US Literature and Drama”

ENG 401; "Staging the American Family"

ENG 306 Drama (fulfills Gen Ed requirement)

ENG 307 Modern Drama, "Ethnic American Drama"

ENG 112 Ethnic American Literature; "Exploring Immigrant Narratives" (fulfills Gen Ed and Diversity requirements)