Over the years, I have developed innovative approaches in the classroom. I explore the humanities through an interdisciplinary lens, and encourage awareness about race, class, and gender. For example, participants in classes at the museum sourced from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Partnerships with local universities enabled our facility to serve as a laboratory for accredited courses within the colleges. Often pre-med students enrolled with graduate level psychology students, and social work students. These classes were also open to the general public. Students engaged in rigorous analysis, but also were encouraged to create community-based presentations. One such exhibit is the “Silent No More” interactive art installation which can be viewed online here [LINK].

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“Electric Mommyland” [LINK] intersecting the digital humanities, gender studies, and motherhood! 2014 semester project at CUNY, The Graduate Center plus adventures at GC [LINK]




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Martha Joy Rose is a scholar, artist, and activist specializing in mother studies, family studies, illness, media, digital humanities, sociology, and gender. She is the founder and director of the Museum of Motherhood; an international exhibition and teaching center, which was the first and only of its kind (2011-14, NYC). She has received much press attention for her pioneering accomplishments. She is descended from the Scottish Rose clan of the thirteenth century of Kilravock whose family crest is constant and true. Ms. Rose is invested in partnerships, collaborations, and building positive intersections between the academic, the para-academic, and students of all ages. She is the feminist mother of four fascinating young adults, one of whom was a NFL draft pick in 2015.



The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, New York, NY (2015)

Master’s degree in Liberal Studies, Concentration Mother Studies; Women’s & Gender Studies combined Digital Humanities for Individualized Degree

Thesis: The Journal of Mother Studies; a peer reviewed, international, interdisciplinary, open-access, digital humanities hybrid project, Advisor; Barbara Katz Rothman

Denison University, Granville, OH, (1979) BFA, Theater



Motherhood and Activism
Special guest lecturer, Mediating Motherhood: Historical and Contemporary Representations of the Mother, Dr. Laura Tropp, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, (2015)

Social Media and Motherhood
Instructor to social media classes at the Museum of Motherhood (2015)

Introduction to Mother Studies
Designed and taught curriculum for six semesters to under graduate and graduate students at the Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY, (2011-2014)

Internship Director and Coordinator
Coordinated individualized studies, classes, social media, and group projects; for up to sixty students per year, ranging in age from high school to graduate school, Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY and online, (2011-2014)

Visiting Colleges Talk and Tour Director
Discussion talk and tour leader for visiting college classes, hosting discussion groups on a variety of issues including ERA, paid parental leave, as well as historical and anthropological explorations of motherhood: Yale University, Empire College, Fordham, and Harlem Visiting Nurses to name a few. Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY (2011-2014)

Independent School Gender Project
Lecturer, “In Search of HERstory,” ISGP – Independent School Gender Project, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut; In (2014)

Independent School Gender Project
Workshop leader, “Silent No More Workshop,” ISGP – Independent School Gender Project, Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, Connecticut; In (2014)

The Museum of Motherhood and a Modern Mother’s Movement
Special guest lecturer, Mother Matrix: Maternal Psychology Class, Dr. Aurelie Athan, Columbia Teachers College, New York, (2012)

Tracking the Rise of a Mothers Arts Movement
Special guest lecturer, Mediating Motherhood: Historical and Contemporary Representations of the Mother, Dr. Laura Tropp, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, (2012)

Fine Arts Classes
Substitute Teacher, The Master’s School, Dobbs Ferry, NY (2009)

Creative Writing Workshops
Group Leader, MommyGirlGoGo, Dobbs Ferry, NY (2003-2005)

Children’s Cooperative
Educator, New York, NY (1991-1993)

Prepared Parenting classes
Developed and taught with Maureen Rayson Midwifery, New York, NY (1990)



Annual Academic M.O.M. Conference, New York, New York, (2005-present). Administrator, organizer, advisory board member, and website manager: In partnership with Women’s Media Center, ARM (now MIRCI), Nola Studios, Marymount Manhattan College, Minnesota State University-Mankato CUNY, The Graduate Center and the Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY

Museum of Motherhood, New York, NY, (2011- present) Founder & Director, currently online

Motherhood Foundation 501c3 non-profit, Hastings On Hudson, New York, (2006-present) Advisor

Mamapalooza Inc., Multiple cities, (2002-present) President, in partnership with Summer on the Hudson, New York Parks Department,

Westchester Parks Dept., Los Angeles Parks Dept., and events in England, Australia, Canada, and 25 American cities

Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, JMI, Toronto, Canada, (2015)

Editorial Board, “Motherhood and Media Representations,” Demeter Press

M.A.M.A.; Mothers Are Making Art in collaboration with the, Online Motherhood Art Exhibitions and Academic Blog Partnership (2015)

Curator, Jerusalem Biennale of Jewish Art, Hechal Shlomo exhibit on Motherhood Archetypes, “Words of Love,” Jerusalem, Israel, September-December (2015) Consultant, Curator, Artist championing an international connection between America and Israel

Project AfterBirth Collection, White Moose Gallery, London, England, then art venues and universities across the UK until Spring 2017 (2015) Panelist, Juried Selection, The Graduate Center, New York, NY, (2015) Team Leader, Outreach Coordinator, Digital Humanities project, currently online

Rm 4108 online literary repository, CUNY, The Graduate Center, New York, NY (2014) Logo creation, Graphic assistance, Web Development, Outreach

Mamazina Magazine, New York, Los Angeles (2009-2011) Publisher, in print and online

Mom Literary Magazine, New York, Los Angeles (2008) Publisher, in print and online

Westchester Office for Women, Westchester, NY, (2006-2010)

Team member; working with Director Camille Murphy, Westchester YWCA, NOW, and domestic violence prevention

SAT Proctor, The Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY (2008-2010)

Featured Community Exhibit, “Moms of Rock,” Seneca Falls, NY (summer 2010)

Special Curatorial Consultant

The Mom Egg, New York, New York (2003-2005)

Founder, Publisher, in print and online; handed the journal off to Marjorie Tesser, and it is now published as The Mom Egg Review and sold nationally in bookstores and online

MommyGirlGoGo, Museum of Motherhood Store and Special events, Dobbs Ferry, NY (2002-2006) Owner, manager



Technology and Pedagogy Library Programs, CUNY, Graduate Center, New York, NY (2014)

Technologies of Feminism, Barnard Center for Research on Women, New York, NY (2014)

Wiki Art + Feminism, workshops, CUNY, Graduate Center, New York, NY (2014)

Feminist Theory; Introduction To Mothering Studies, Graduate Level Course, Minnesota State University, Mankato, 2013, online

Certificate; WorkLife Balance, Minnesota State University, Mankato (2011, online)



Presenter, Annual Academic M.O.M. Conference, CUNY, The Graduate Center, “Theorizing Motherhood In The Academy,” introduction keynote (2015)

Accepted presentation, “Mapping an American Motherhood Movement,” Sarah Lawrence Women’s History Conference, Worn Out; Mother- work in the Age of Austerity (2015)

Moderator, “Motherhood is Leadership,” Museum of Motherhood in partnership with Minnesota State University, Mankato and Goodwill Industries, Bronx, NY (2014)

Presenter, “The Many Hats We Wear,” Museum of Motherhood in partnership with Saving Mothers, White Ribbon Alliance, Jewish Heart for Africa, Aid for Aids, and the BLK Projek, Mothers on the Move (2013)

Moderator, “Mindful Mothering,” Museum of Motherhood in partnership with Families for Conscious Living (2012)

Facilitator, “Spiritual Mothering,” Museum of Motherhood in partnership with Dr. Aurelie Athan, Khorai, and the Maternal Psychology Lab of Columbia Teachers College (2012)

Moderator, “Motherhood and Creativity,” day conference with Working Mother Magazine, Liz Lange, Joanne Bamberger, Kimberly Seals Allers (2012)

Presenter, Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, Conference in Barbados, WI (2011)

Presenter, Association for Research on Mothering Conference (now MIRI) York University, Toronto Canada (2009)

Presenter, Association for Research on Mothering Conference (now MIRI) York University, Toronto Canada (2008)



Team leader, Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop, HASTAC 7-day workshop, online (2015)

Featured Speaker, “Sociology of Motherhood,” Academic forum, Manhattan College, Riverdale, New York; (August-December 2014)

Featured Speaker; Parents Weekend, “Invisible Lines,” Eckerd College, St Petersburg, Florida (2014)

Keynote; “The Importance of Place,” International Mothers Day Shrine, Grafton, West Virginia (2014)

Mistress of Ceremonies, Motherhood Hall of Fame; Inductees included, Dr. Barbara Katz Rothman, Dr. Phyllis Chesler, and Dr. Andrea O’Reilly, New York, New York (2014)

Featured Speaker, “In Search of HERstory,” Women’s History Month, Marymount Manhattan College (2013)

Featured Speaker, Film Screening and Talkback, “Motherhood Movement; You Say You Want a Revolution,” Minnesota State University, Mankato (2009)

Featured Speaker, Film Screening and Talkback, “Momz Hot Rocks,” Jacob Burns Center, Pleasantville, NY (2009)

Featured Speaker, Film Screening and Talkback, “The Motherhood Movement; You Say You Want a Revolution,” Minnesota State University, Mankato (2009)

Featured Speaker, “A Woman’s Point of View,” workshop series on life, health, and wealth, in partnership with Westchester County Executive, YWCA, and the Westchester Office for Women (2008)

Featured Speaker, “What Women Want Conference,” Gannett Media, Special Presenter, Bozeman, Montana (2007)

“Feminism, Creativity, and Finances;” Women’s Media Center and Mama Roundtable, New York, NY (2005)



Susan B. Anthony Award, NOW-NYC, (2009)

Best In Girl Power Events, Westchester Magazine, (2009)

Key to the city of Seneca Falls, NY for work on behalf of women and girls, (2007)

Mayor of Buffalo, NY declaration Moms Who Rock Day, Mamapalooza (May, 2005)

Mayor of San Francisco, CA declaration Moms Who Rock Day, Mamapalooza (May, 2005)

Gold Level Award, Alliance of Lupus Research, For Outstanding Support, “Joy Rose and Housewives On Prozac,” (2004)

Top 100 Billboard Dance Charts, “Housewives On Prozac” (2004)

MTV Basement Tape Winner (1985)

Top 100 Billboard Dance Charts, “In and Out of Love Affairs,” Tribeca Records, Dice Records (1984, 1986)

PUBLISHED WRITING______________________________________________________________________________

Author, Thesis, “The Journal of Mother Studies: A Peer Reviewed, International, Open-Access, Digital Humanities Hybrid Project,” ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, Online (May 2015)

Author, “Mapping New Maternalisms,” New Maternalisms, Demeter Press (projected 2016)

Editor, The Music of Motherhood, Demeter Press (projected 2016)

Contributor, Encyclopedia of Social History of the American Family. articles on the ERA. Sage Press, edited by Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman, and J. Geoffrey Golson (2014)

Contributor, Encyclopedia of Motherhood. Edited by Andrea O’Reilly. Published Sage (2011)

Contributor, The 21st Century Motherhood Movement. Edited by Andrea O’Reilly. Demeter Press (2011)

Playwright, theatrical and musical works including “Built For Extremes,” selected for the 25th anniversary Writers/Directors Hand To Mouth Players Production, roving adjudicator award from TANYS (2011)

Professional Blogger, First Wives World (2010)

Professional Blogger, “The Motherhood Movement,” Women’s Media Center (2009)

Professional Blogger, Moms Rising (2009)

Contributor, International Museum of Women (2009)

Contributor, prose, The Mom Egg, edited Marjorie Tesser and Alana Ruben Free, Independent Press (2010)

Contributor, The Lohasian, edited by Julia Fenster (2010)

Contributor, poetry, The Mom Egg, edited Marjorie Tesser and Alana Ruben Free, Independent Press (2009)

Contributor, Hot Moms Handbook, Jessica Denay, Harper Collins (2008)

Contributor, Intermixx Magazine, Special Mamapalooza edition (2008)

Songwriter, ASCAP (1984-2008)



Various bands, characters, and special performances locally and nationally including: Clubs, Churches, TV, Radio, Billboard Charts; as well as other art projects, street slams, poetry jams, local activism, and performance art. Some specifics listed below (1980-present)

“Joy Rose and Housewives On Prozac,” Red Hat Society Annual Event, Geneva, NY (2008)

“Joy Rose and Housewives On Prozac,” Art & Soul Festival, Oakland, California (2007)

“Joy Rose and Housewives On Prozac,” New York City Pride Rally, New York, NY (2005-2006)

“Joy Rose and Housewives On Prozac,” Alliance for Lupus Research Concert, Giants Stadium, New York, NY (2003-2005)

“Housewives On Prozac,” Glen Burtnick’s Christmas Celebration, The Bottom Line, New York, NY (2001)

“Joy Rose and Housewives On Prozac,” wrote and performed original Off-Off Broadway production, “The Housewife’s Lament” The Duplex Theater, New York, NY, (2001)

“Joy Rose and Housewives On Prozac,” wrote and performed original Equity production, Shut Up and Drive; a rock musical, The Schoolhouse Theater Premier, 6-week run, sold out, Croton Falls, NY (1999)

“Joy Rose,” Recording Artist, Dice Records, Columbus, Ohio (1985)

“Joy Rose,” “In and Out of Love Affairs,” Tribeca Records, New York, NY, MTV Basement Tape Winner, Billboard Dance Chart top 100 (1984)

“Peter & The Girlfriends,” “Best Unsigned Bands in New York” – The Aquarian

S.N.A.F.U., Triad, Mudd Club, Interview Magazine, The Village Voice (1980-1983)

Mrs. Barker, The American Dream, Directed by Edward Albee, Denison University, Granville, Ohio (1979)



Consultant, “Mom is a Dirty Word,” the film, Sara Rife, Director, in process (2015)

Host, “Media Mom,” Mingle Media TV, online television produced by Stephanie Piche, Los Angeles, CA (2010-2011)

Host, WBAI Radio, New York Talk Radio, Women’s Voices (2010)

On Air Personality, “Don’t Tell Me To Shut Up Radio” with the “Media Mom,”New York Talk Radio, Tribeca, New York (2009)

Featured in the Documentary film “Momz Hot Rocks; The Women of Mamapalooza,” by Kate Perotti, Independent Release (2009)

Director/Producer, “The Motherhood Movement; You Say You Want a Revolution,” film, Motherhood Foundation Productions (2008)

Curator, MamaZtv, online (2005-2008)

Contributor, Chick Chat Radio (2005-2007)


Interview, “Breaking Down Barriers to Broadcasting with CUNY and Airtime,” (06/04/15)

Interview, “Mother Studies Championed at Manhattan College,” Riverdale Press(10/14/14)

Profile, “Grafton Celebrates 100 Years of Mothers’ Day,” West Virginia Press, Grafton, WV (05/12/15)

Profile, “Motherhood Examined on the Upper East Side,” New York Parenting, New York, NY (09/13/15)

Profile, “Visiting the Museum of Motherhood,” Wall Street Journal, New York, NY (07/13/15)

Profile, “Museum of Motherhood,” The Believer, San Francisco, CA, (March/April 2015)

Interview, “Museum of Motherhood Praises Motherhood,” Medill Reports, Northwestern U., Chicago, IL (04/17/15)

Profile, “Amazing Mom: Joy Rose,”, online (05/09/15)

Profile, “The Mother’ of all Museums,” New York Post, New York, NY (09/15/11)

Profile, “Mother Acting Up In Song,”, online (04/25/11)

Feature, “A Museum for Us,” Working Mother Magazine, New York, NY (11/01/2010)

Interview, “What Motherhood Means and Why It Matters,” The Toronto Star, Toronto, CA (05/05/10)

Feature, Momz Hot Rocks, the Film, Florida Weekly (11/3-11/09)

Interview, “A Museum for Mothers, UTE, print and online (11/13/09)

Interview, “These Aren’t Lullabies,” Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL (05/14/2006)

Feature, “Socks ‘n’ Cakes ‘n’ Rock ‘n’ Roll,” The London Times, Sunday Magazine (2005)

Feature, “Hey, Baby Hey: the maternal image is at odds with the rock n’ roll lifestyle,” Yen Magazine (Issue 19, 2005)

Feature, “Mamamaplooza,” ELLE Magazine, Italy (2005)

Feature, “The Bands That Rock The Cradle,” USA Today (01/31/05)

Profile, “All-Mom Bands Rock Housewife Stereotype,” Fox News (01/22/2005)

Profile, “Mothers Who Rock,” In Touch Magazine (02/14/2005)

Interview, “Housewives On Prozac and Mamapalooza,” NPR Music, online (02/20/2005)

Profile, “Mother Rocker,” Denison Magazine, Granville, Ohio (Winter, 2005)

Interview, “Joy Rose; Challenges of Motherhood,” Weekend All Things Considered, NPR (02/20/05)

Profile, “Motherhood Is The Toughest Job Of All,” Woman’s World (04/19/05)

Feature, “Mom Bands Go Beyond Rocking The Cradle,” New York Post(05/19/05)

Profile, “Rock Star,” More Magazine (May 2005)

Ad Feature, Joy Rose; Rock Diva, Oprah Magazine (2004)

Profile, “Tracking the Course of Mutiny Against the Tyranny of Parental Expectations,” Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL (12/21/2004)

Interview, “Joy Rose and Housewives,” CNN (11/19/2004)

Profile, “Mommie Loudest,” Wall Street Journal (06/25/2004)

Profile, “Mother’s Day Rocks for Break-the-Mold Moms,” We-News (05/07/04)

Feature, “Mommie Coolest,” The Sun (07/26/2004)

Feature, “Hey Mom, Play ‘Free Bird,’” Daily News (09/09/04)

Profile, “Rocking Moms; Mothers Who Rock – Mamapaloooza,” FemMuse(11/06/2004)

Profile, “Housewife On Prozac, Mom High on Life, “ NY Metro Parents (2004)

Profile, “Women Who Rock and Roll,” Ladies’ Home Journal (2004)

Feature, “Tuned In Mom,” Child Magazine (May 2003)

Feature, “Is That Your Dad on Drums?” New York Times (09/01/2002)

Interview, “Illness and Creativity,” Self Magazine (February, 2002)

Profile, “Band Sings About What It’s Like to Raise a Family in the 90’s,” New York Times (11/09/1997)

Additional assorted television, radio, and press appearances including: Fox, CNN, ABC, NBC, Good Morning America, Fox News 9, The Evening News, CBS Morning News, Local News New York, Cable News, local news, The Journal News, and more.