Current/Upcoming Courses

Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies

Fall/Spring: Thursdays, 5:30 PM– 8:30 PM
September 6, 2018 – May 2, 2019

The main goal of this dissertation workshop will be to teach students three specific skills to help them become not only better writers of their own work but also better readers of scholarly work besides their own. My philosophy is that good writing and reading skills go hand in hand. The seminar will cover...  more » 

Understanding Pornography

Mondays, 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
September 10, 2018 – December 10, 2018

Expressions, images, and narratives labeled "obscene" and "pornographic" can be deeply charged. Pornography appears in a broad range of historical periods, geographical areas, and cultural contexts, and it is often influential in the way people define, think about, and understand sexuality. Both feminists and non-feminists from a range of disciplines, and outside the academy, have taken up the topic of pornography, producing dynamic debate but little consensus. Some have attended to the links between pornography and key concepts of personal autonomy, bodily integrity, and civil society. Others have set out to describe and analyze... more » 

Feminist Inquiry

Tuesdays, 5:00 - 8:00 PM
September 11, 2018 - December 11, 2018

The aim of this seminar is to expose, interrogate and complicate feminist theories, epistemologies and methodologies that form the intellectual bases necessary to conduct feminist research. Given the ambitiousness of this goal and a commitment to interdisciplinarity, the course will NOT serve as a survey course, but rather, a carefully curated sampling of key works--some old, some newer-- that shape feminist scholarship. In this course, we will, collectively explore ways of feminist thinking,.... more » 

Gender and Food

Spring 2019 - Tuesdays 4-7pm

Food is more than a means of sustenance; it mediates social relations, transmits cultural values, underlies a great deal of economic activity, and both shapes and reflects gender identities, norms, and ways of being. In this course students will explore the complex and often contradictory interplay of gender and food in the corporeal, socio-cultural, and material domains. Using insights from feminist, sociological, anthropological and political economy studies, the course considers how notions of masculinity and femininity have been associated with food production, distribution, and consumption historically and in contemporary societies. ... more »

Gendering U.S. Immigration Policy: Sociopolitical, Theological, and Feminist Perspectives

Spring 2019 - Thursdays 9am-12pm

This course uses theories of gender to explore sociopolitical, ethical and theological perspectives on immigration policy, with a focus on the U.S. The course begins with an overview of global developments in the feminization of migration and ethical and policy dilemmas that are specific to the current era. The rest of the class is divided into two halves. The first half takes a closer look at the contemporary gender dynamics of U.S. immigration ... more »





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