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Deborah Siegel

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • ​​​​​PhD (University of Wisconsin–Madison)
  • Communication Studies; Communication and Media
  • Areas of expertise: Storytelling and public narrative, voice and representation, gender and culture, popular American feminist discourse

Deborah Siegel is an author, TEDx speaker, and the founder of the public platform consultancy, Girl Meets Voice Inc., where she helps those with powerful insights write and speak publicly in the service of their ideas. She received her PhD in English and American literature from the University of Wisconsin and is a Visiting Scholar in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University as well as an adjunct professor at DePaul. She leads The OpEd Project’s Public Voices Fellowship program for faculty and staff at DePaul and coaches the speakers for TEDxDePaulUniversity.

Siegel is the author of two books, Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave Macmillan) and Only Child (Harmony/Random House) as well as essays published in anthologies (Click: When We Knew We Were Feminists; The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality; When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Classic and the Difference It Made; Third Wave Agenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminism) and in the literary journal TriQuarterly. Her op-eds and features on gender, feminism, parenting, politics, writing, and social change have appeared in popular venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian,, The Forward, Kveller, Slate, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, Ms., More, and Psychology Today. She has been featured on The Today Show and in the New York Times.

Siegel has collaborated to create several innovative multimedia initiatives. She is the founding editor of the group blog Girl w/Pen, co-creator of Barnard University’s online journal The Scholar & Feminist Online, and co-founder of, the largest online community for women who write.

She can frequently be found reading personal essays from a stage as part of Chicago’s live lit scene, or walking along the lake.

Visit her at (author site), (coaching site).