Deirdre English is the former Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones magazine where she worked for eight years, ending in 1986. She has written and edited work on a wide array of subjects related to investigative reporting, cultural politics, gender studies, and public policy. She has contributed articles, commentaries and reviews to Mother Jones magazine, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review, among other publications, and to public radio and television.
English was a founder of one of the first women's studies programs in the US, and also taught American Studies and magazine writing and production at the College of Old Westbury at the State University of New York. She has also taught at City College of New York and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work includes For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts's Advice to Women, co-authored with Barbara Ehrenreich and published with a new Afterword in 2004. Her work also includes an essay on the work of photographer Susan Meiselas, published in Carnival Strippers, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2003.
English has taught at the J-school since 1997, and directed the Felker Magazine course for several years, during which time Brink Magazine, which she edits and produces with her students. The magazine has twice been named Best Student Magazine in the nation in the Mark of Excellence competition judged by the Society of Professional Journalists.
- No warning, then a crisis: Outrunning the Firestorm (Berkleyside - Oct. 10, 2011)