Regina "Gina" Barreca (born 1957) 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.
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, The Joy Behar Show, 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, Harvard Business Review, The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, The Orlando Sentinel, Ms. magazine, The Common Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Cosmopolitan and elsewhere. Barreca's books have been translated into Chinese, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
A noted public speaker, 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."
- It's Not That I'm Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World (2009), ISBN 978-0-312-54726-4
- Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Co-education in the Ivy League (2005), ISBN 978-1-58465-299-1
- I'm with Stupid (2004), ISBN 978-0-7432-4420-6, co-written with Gene Weingarten
- An ABC of Vice: An Insatiable Woman's Guide (2003), ISBN 978-0-939883-11-0, illustrated by Nicole Hollander
- Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful (2000), ISBN 978-0-939883-06-6
- Sweet Revenge: The Wicked Delights of Getting Even (1995), ISBN 978-0-425-15766-4
- Untamed and Unabashed: Essays on Women and Humor in British Literature (1994), ISBN 978-0-8143-2136-2
- Perfect Husbands (and Other Fairy Tales) (1993), ISBN 978-0-385-47538-9
- They Used to Call Me Snow White…But I Drifted: Women's Strategic Use of Humor (1991), ISBN 978-0-14-016835-8
She is also editor of the following volumes:
- Make Mine A Double: Why Women Like Us Like to Drink (or Not) (2011), ISBN 978-1-58465-759-0
- The Signet Book of American Humor (2004), ISBN 978-0-451-21058-6
- Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing (2002), ISBN 978-0-14-200247-6
- A Sit-down with the Sopranos: Watching Italian American Culture on TV's Most Talked About Series (2002), ISBN 978-0-312-29528-8
- The Erotics of Instruction (1997), ISBN 978-0-87451-806-1
- The Penguin Book of Women's Humor (1996), ISBN 978-0-14-017294-2
- Desire and Imagination: 20 Classic Essays in Sexuality (1995), ISBN 978-0-452-01150-2
- Fay Weldon's Wicked Fictions (1994)
- New Perspectives on Women and Comedy (1992), ISBN 978-2-88124-533-6
- Sex and Death in Victorian Literature (1990), ISBN 978-0-253-31015-6
- Last Laughs
- Barreca's Homepage
- Brainstorm at The Chronicle of Higher Education
- Education World Archive
- Faculty page at The University of Connecticut