• Title:
    Associate Professor of English
  • Department:

Sally Hirsh-Dickinson, Ph.D.



Dr. Sally Hirsh-Dickinson joined Rivier’s English faculty in 2008. Her book, Dirty Whites and Dark Secrets: Sex and Race in Peyton Place (University Press of New England, 2011) is the first full-length study of Grace Metalious’s 1956 potboiler. Dr. Hirsh-Dickinson’s work received a positive review in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and she has been invited to speak about her book at several events around the state. Other scholarly interests include Post-World War II American literature, film, critical race theory, gender studies, and consumer culture.

In addition to her life as an academic, Dr. Hirsh-Dickinson has worked for New Hampshire Public Radio, New Hampshire’s statewide National Public Radio affiliate, since 2001, spending time as a producer for The Exchange, NHPR’s local call-in talk show, and as the station’s weekend morning host.

Dr. Hirsh-Dickinson serves as a trustee for the New Hampshire Writers’ Project and was honored to be on the selection committee who chose the first group of honorees.


  • Ph.D., University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • M.A., University of New Hampshire, Durham
  • B.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst


  • American Literature 1945 to the Present
  • Film Studies
  • Consumer Culture
  • Gender Studies
  • Critical Race Theory

Recent Publications and Proceedings

  1. Dirty Whites and Dark Secrets: Sex and Race in Peyton Place