Tahneer Oksman

Assistant Professor of Academic Writing

Tahneer Oksman is Assistant Professor of Academic Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Marymount Manhattan College. 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 (



Assistant 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), go to amazon page


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:

“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. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. Forthcoming, 2014.


“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:

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:

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.

Introduction to Emily Steinberg’s “A Mid Summer Soiree,” a visual narrative. Cleaver Magazine, Issue 10, June 2015.

Review of Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges (book review). Graphic Medicine blog, posted May 28, 2015.

Introduction to Miriam Libicki’s “Turning Right on Cassady,” a visual essay. Cleaver Magazine, Issue 9, March 2015.

“Liz Prince’s Tomboy Looks at Growing Up Outside Gender Norms” (interview). BookTrib, Sept. 21, 2014.

“Telling Her Own Secrets: MariNaomi’s Autobiographical Comics” (interview). BookTrib, Sept. 16, 2014.

Introduction to Emily Steinberg’s Broken Eggs: A Visual Narrative. Cleaver Magazine, Issue 7, Sept. 2014 [Most read story/poem/essay in Cleaver in 2014.] [Republished on, Nov. 5, 2014.]

“Women Moving in From the Comic Sidelines.” Review of The Big Feminist But: Comics about Women, Men and the IFs, ANDs & BUTs of Feminism (book review). Lilith Magazine, Fall 2014.

“Escape from a Life Without Waves: Julie Delporte’s Everywhere Antennas (book review). Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug. 31, 2014. [Included on best online comics criticism 2014 list, Hooded Utilitarian]

Interview with Roz Chast on Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Jewish Book Council, Aug. 13, 2014.

Interview with Anya Ulinich on Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel : A Graphic Novel. Jewish Book Council, July 29, 2014.

“Gabrielle Bell Shares the Pros and Cons of Personal Diary as Graphic Novel” (interview). BookTrib, July 21, 2014.

“Feminist Hero Esther Broner Changed the ‘Order’ of Things” (film review). The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward, July 3, 2014.       

Review of Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work, ed. Leonard S. Marcus (book review). Cleaver Magazine, April 7, 2014.

Review of Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh (book review). The Comics Alternative, Feb. 18, 2014.

“Beyond the Book: Vanessa Davis Responds to Art Spiegelman’s Co-Mix (gallery talk review). Jewish Book Council, Feb. 12, 2014.

Interview with Nancy K. Miller on Breathless: An American Girl in Paris. Jewish Book Council, Dec. 9, 2013.

Interview with Howard Jacobson on “The Swag Man.” Jewish Book Council, July 19, 2013.

“Visual Elegies: Notes on the Legacy of Kim Thompson” (editor’s blog). Cleaver Magazine, July 10, 2013.     

Review of Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust (book review). Cleaver Magazine, June 21, 2013.

“The Poetry of Comics” (editor’s blog). Cleaver Magazine, June 6, 2013.

“Sholem Aleichem’s ‘Bushels and Baskets of Stories’” (film review). The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward, July 8, 2011.

“Of Women, Comics, and Reclaiming Jewish Stereotypes” (short essay). The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward, June 22, 2011.

“Amos Oz on Not Writing Universally” (film review). The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward, May 13, 2011.

“Documenting a Sweatshop Cinderella: Q&A with Suzanne Wasserman” (interview with Anzia Yezierska documentary filmmaker,The Jewish Daily Forward, May 5, 2011.

“Stalking Grace: Lily’s Rivlin’s Documentary of Grace Paley” (film review).The Arty Semite, a blog on culture and art from The Jewish Daily Forward, March 18, 2011.




Writ 101: Space, Place, and Identity

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

Writ 201: Writing about Photography; Graphic Storytelling

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

Office Hours

Fall 2016

On leave 


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