Tahneer Oksman

Associate Professor of Academic Writing

Tahneer Oksman is Assistant Professor of Academic Writing. Her research interests include visual culture, autobiography, women’s studies, and American literature. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Marymount, Tahneer taught courses in writing, graphic narratives, and American literature at Brooklyn College, NYU’s Gallatin School, and Rutgers University in New Brunswick. She also served as Co-Coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Brooklyn College.

In addition to her academic work, Tahneer frequently publishes reviews and interviews related to her interests in publications including The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Forward, and Jewish Book Council, and she is the graphic narratives reviews editor for the online literary journal, Cleaver Magazine (


Associate Professor of Academic Writing


Academic Writing





Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center

M.A., The University of Chicago

B.A., The University of Pennsylvania

Recent Work

“How Come Boys Get to Keep Their Noses?”: Women and Jewish American Identity in Contemporary Graphic Memoirs (Columbia University Press, 2016), amazon page


Lilith Magazine, excerpt.

A Conversation with Tahneer Oksman, Interviewed and Edited by Ranen Omer-Sherman, Cleaver Magazine, March 16, 2016.

Interview with Tahneer Oksman, New Books Network (podcast), March 24, 2016.

Book excerpt, The Comics Journal, March 11, 2016.


Journal Articles

Life Writing; Contemporary Women’s Writing; Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature;       Contemporary Jewry; American Jewish History; Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies; and AJS Review                        

“Stranger in a Strange Land: Self-Creation and Self-Exile in Vanessa Davis’s Make Me a Woman.” Studies in American Jewish Literature 32.2 (Fall 2013): 141-166.

“Visualizing the Jewish Body in Need More Love.” Studies in Comics 1.2 (Nov. 2010): 213- 232.

“Mourning the Family Album.” A/B: Auto/Biography Studies24.2 (Winter 2009): 235-248.[Reprinted in Documentary & Archival Research. Edited by Jason Hughes and John Goodwin. London:SAGE Publications, 2014.]

Book Chapters

“‘Not a word for little girls!’: Knowledge, word, and image in Leela Corman’s Unterzakhn.” In Visualizing Jewish Narrative: Essays on Jewish Comics and Graphic Novels, ed. Derek Parker Royal. Bloomsbury, 2016. 29-40.


“Thinking Panoramically: An Interview with Lauren Weinstein. In Graphic Details: Essays on Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, ed. Sarah Lightman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2014. 185-194

“‘A Portrait of the World Through My Eyes’: An Interview with Miss Lasko-Gross.” In Graphic Details: Essays on Confessional Comics by Jewish Women, ed. Sarah Lightman. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishers, 2014. 176-184.

“In Search of the Whole Truth: An Interview with Vanessa Davis.” Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 4.1 (2013), 179-184.

Selected Academic Book Reviews

JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for Americas Newest Jews, by Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Samuel Leavitt. H-Net Reviews (H-Judaic). June 2017.

Cartoonists Against the Holocaust, by Rafael Medoff and Craig Yoe. American Jewish History 101.2 (2017): 319-321.

Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online, eds. Anna Poletti and Julie Rak. Life Writing 12.3 (2015).

The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust, by Marianne Hirsch. A/B: Auto/Biography Studies 29.2 (2014): 345-348.

Projections: Comics and the History of Twenty-First Century Storytelling, by Jared Gardner. Studies in Comics 3.2 (Dec. 2012): 387-389.

Identity Papers: Contemporary Narratives of American Jewishness, by Helene Meyers. MELUS 37.3(Fall 2012): 227-229.

Graphic Subjects: Critical Essays on Autobiography and Graphic Novels, ed. Michael A. Chaney. Studies in Comics 2.1 (May 2011): 223-225.

Graven Images: Religion in Comic Books and Graphic Novels, eds. A Davis Lewis & Christine Hoff Kraemer. Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 2.1 (June 2011): 96-98.

Graphic Women: Life Narrative & Contemporary Comics, by Hillary L. Chute. Contemporary Women’s Writing 5.3 (2011): 258-260.

Selected Non-Academic Publications

The Forward; Jewish Book Council; The Reporter; Metapsychology; Association of Jewish Libraries; and Jewish Renaissance

“The things that scare you”: Dominique Goblet’s Pretending Is Lying (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, June 8, 2017.

“Over-thinking Life and Death with Roz Chast” (essay). Fall 2016. Paper Brigade (new literary magazine from Jewish Book Council)

Review of Nadja Spiegelman’s You’re Supposed to Protect Me From All This (book review).  

Public Books, site affiliated with Public Culture, Nov. 1, 2016. Reposted on The Guardian, Nov. 9, 2016. 

“Reading Aloud with Julie Doucet” (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, June 24, 2016.

Review of The Complete Wimmin’s Comix (book review). The Comics Journal, April 21, 2016.

“Drawing a Room of Her Own” (guest blog). Jewish Book Council, April 4, 2016.

On Writing a Jewish Book” (personal essay). Lilith Magazine, Winter 2016.

The Unapologetic Pursuit of Pleasure” (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, Dec. 12, 2015.

An Aesthetic of Expansiveness: Drawn & Quarterly at 25 Years” (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, July 23, 2015. 


Writ 101: Space, Place, and Identity

Writ 102: Autobiography and New York City; Writing the Visible; Into the Wild 

Writ 201: Writing about Photography; Graphic Storytelling

NYC 102 (NYC seminar): New York’s Literary Women

Office Hours

Spring 2019

Mondays, 11:00am-12:30pm

& by appointment


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