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Gina Barreca
Academic/Author/Humorist
Gina Barreca, Host of Retirement Realities: A Town Hall Meeting, December 15, 2011

Regina "Gina" Barreca is an American academic and humorist. She is professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut. Her latest book, It's Not That I'm Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, was published by St. Martin's Press in the spring of 2009. Gina was born January 14, 1957.

She is currently a columnist for The Hartford Courant, as well as a blogger for The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Brainstorm" section and for Psychology Today. She has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, 48 Hours, Joy Behar, Dr. Phil, and The Today Show.

Author of eight books and editor of sixteen others, Barreca has also published articles in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Chicago Tribune, The Harvard Business Review, The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel, Ms. magazine, The Common Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Cosmopolitan and elsewhere. Prof. Barreca's books have been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

A noted public speaker, Dr. Barreca lectures nationally and internationally about a variety of topics including humor, women's comedy, women's lives, everybody's stress, and gender issues in the workplace. She has served as an advisor to the Library of Congress for work on humor and the American character, and was deemed a "feminist humor maven" by Ms. magazine. Dave Barry declared that "Gina Barreca is very, very funny. For a woman."

Barreca cowrote a series of humor columns in The Washington Post with Gene Weingarten about the differences between men and women. These became the basis of the book she wrote with Weingarten I'm with Stupid: One Man. One Woman. 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up. Her memoir is titled Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co-education in the Ivy League.