Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, PhD, an associate professor in the department of humanities, teaches courses in gender and technology, science fiction, and computer-mediated collaborative writing at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She also serves as the director of NJIT’s Murray Center for Women in Technology.
Steffen-Fluhr’s research explores the relationship between gender and technology as interdependent social constructs, with a special interest in how gender and sex are depicted in U.S. film and television. Her scholarly publications include essays on science fiction writers James Tiptree and H.G. Wells and the classic 1950’s science fiction film Invasion of the Body Snatchers. She has published studies on filmmakers Billy Wilder and Terry Gilliam. Steffen-Fluhr’s most recent writing includes an analysis of the Toys R Us website, a critique of right-wing guru Christina Hoff Sommers, and a study of the disabled male body in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. Her Women in Technology course includes an extended segment on Lillian Gilbreth, based in part on her conversations with three of Gilbreth’s surviving sons who live in nearby Montclair, NJ and have donated family memorabilia to NJIT’s Women’s Center.
In 2006 Steffen-Fluhr received the Constance Murray Diversity Award, which is presented to individuals or groups within NJIT who have compiled a significant and sustained record of achievement in fostering diversity within the university community.