Rabinowitz began teaching at Kirkland College in 1974 and joined the Hamilton faculty in 1978 when the two schools merged. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. In 2008 Rabinowitz published Greek Tragedy (Wiley and Blackwell). She is co-editor of the book Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World (University of Texas Press, 2002); she is co-author and translator of Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (1998), Anxiety Veiled: Euripides and the Traffic in Women, (1993) and co-editor of Feminist Theory and the Classics (1993).
Recent articles have focused on Greek tragedy and its modern usages: “Greek Tragedy: A Rape Culture?” in EuGesTa 1 (2011), “O’Neill and Dove: The Civil War through Tragedy,” in Logeion 1 (2011), and “Male Medea,” in Helios 38.2 (2011): 27-42. A number of other articles are currently in press, “The Expansion of Tragedy as Critique,” “Greek Tragedy, Enslaving or Liberating, the example of Rita Dove’s The Darker Face of the Earth,” and “Ancient Myth and Feminist Politics: The Medea Project and San Francisco Women’s Prisons.”
In the past year Rabinowitz was an intern with the Medea Project: Theatre for Incarcerated Women/HIV Circle, where she conducted research on the Medea Project method and participated in workshops organized and conducted by Rhodessa Jones.
She recently gave talks on her work teaching classics in the prisons, “Philoctetes in the Weight Shack: Teaching the Classics in Prison,” “Classics in Prison: Why Should We Care?,” and “Ancient Myth and Feminism: Prison Activism and the Medea Project.” Rabinowitz also presented on “Marriage or Rape? Aeschylus' Suppliants and Charles Mee's Big Love” and “Feminisms and Greek Tragedy: The Ambiguity of Consent.”