Ph.D. in English Literature, Rutgers University. Major publications include: Tennessee Williams and the Theatre of Excess: The Strange, The Crazed, The Queer (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015), which contextualizes Williams’ plays, particularly the late work, through what she terms a "theatre of excess," seeking liberation through grotesque exaggeration, chaos, and ambivalent laughter; Contemporary American Drama (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press [in the U.K.] and New York: Oxford University Press [in the U.S.], 2007), an examination of the postmodern performance of American identity on the stage since World War Two; The Politics of Reputation: The Critical Reception of Tennessee Williams’ Later Plays (London: Associated University Presses, 1999), the first full-length study of Williams’ late (post-1961) reception; and Tennessee Williams: The Traveling Companion and Other Plays (New York: New Directions Publishing, 2008), an edited definitive collection of Williams' previously unpublished late plays. Other publications include several essays in journals such as Modern Drama and The Drama Review (TDR), as well as essays in critical anthologies and encyclopedias of theater history. Dr. Saddik also serves on the editorial boards of the journals The Tennessee Williams Annual Review and Journal of Contemporary Drama in English. In addition to the work of Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, David Mamet, and twentieth-/twenty-first-century drama and performance in general, her other research interests include “science plays” that deal with epistemological crosscurrents in physics and drama; women’s performance art; burlesque/neo-burlesque performance, and European Cabaret, particularly the Cabaret/Kabarett of Weimar Germany.