Faculty Profile

Barbara Bono

Barbara Bono

Associate Professor


  • PhD, English, Brown University, 1979

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, English, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

After over 40 years as a career academic who had to struggle for her education and advancement but who has also held a number of leadership positions, including chair, institute head, academic director and numerous committee and project assignments, and has had many professional gratifications, I have a good bit of experience to share. I am also married to a career academic in a related field, and together we have had and raised two children, so I am familiar with work-life stresses and balance issues. In my career I have taught and mentored literally thousands of students and learn from them daily. I am also distressed to see that their stresses and the demands of their work continue to grow in complexity and would welcome conversations on these issues.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.
  • Caregiving for other loved ones.

Academic Culture

  • Considering a non-academic path after grad school.
  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.