Bios and Backgrounds

Gina Rae Foster, the Poet-in-Residence and Marina Tsvetaeva Fellow in Poetics for the European Graduate School’s division of Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought, currently directs the Teaching & Learning Center at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.

An internationally known scholar, educator, and artist, Foster is the author of two books of poetry: heart speech this (2009) and Beautiful Laceration (2012), as well as one book of philosophy: Lyric Dwelling: The Art and Ethics of Invitation and Occupation (2012), published by Atropos Press. More recent publications can be found in Poligrafi, continent, and One Imperative.

Foster has lived and studied in California, New York, Tennessee, Oregon, England, Switzerland, France, and Italy. Her humanitarian projects include work with the Liberian refugee community in Staten Island, with domestic violence survivors in Oregon, and with at-risk and immigrant children in New York City.

In addition to social justice projects in higher education, her research interests include trauma and resiliency, hospitality, co-performance, and the intersections between auditory ethics and aesthetics. Her creative projects embrace lyric poetry, Latin jazz and classical vocal performance, experimental video, installations involving recycled and repurposed resources, and a recent foray into detective fiction.

Dr. Foster serves on the editorial boards of the Journal for Meaning Centered Education and the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Review and is the former Scholar-in Residence for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. She formerly chaired both the International Higher Education Teaching & Learning Association’s Anthology Editorial Advisory Board and the CUNY Centers for Teaching & Learning Directors Council.

A graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, Dr. Foster holds a DPhil in Philosophy, Art, and Critical Thought from the European Graduate School, an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon, and an MA in Religion from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Foster is also certified in International Trauma Studies through the International Trauma Studies Program affiliated with Columbia University.