WGST has had a great start to the new school year. WGST faculty of color hosted a faculty and student of color lunch at the cottage, which was such a huge success that we ran out of food twice! We are also excited about our expanded relationship with Front Range Community College. Last month we hosted 10 FRCC students for lunch to talk about the transition to CU and our WGST offerings. Then they sat in on our popular Disney Women and Girls class to get a feel for the CU classroom experience. We hope to see these students in our classes soon! Finally, we have partnered with Jewish Studies to search for a new faculty member to join us here next fall.
Thank you for your continued support of Women and Gender Studies. Drop us an email to let us know what you’ve been doing!
Sincerely, Lorraine Bayard de Volo Chair & Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies
Students in Dr. Kristie Soares' course WGST 3600 Latina/x Studies working on their class projects in the Cottage Library.
This fall, the department held several events to support its commitment to diversity. The Students and Faculty of Color luncheon held in September connected the department’s majority-POC faculty with undergraduates, graduates, post-docs, and staff that identify as people of color. Attendance was exceptional, and the event was a great success. Faculty members have also been using the department’s library as a resource for courses focused on people of color and activism. Pictured above, Dr. Soares’ Latina/x Studies class conducted archival research in the Cottage library, and learned about the library's holdings.
Janet Jacobs, professor of women and gender studies and director of the Arts & Sciences Honors Program, was recently named Professor of Distinction. This title is reserved solely for scholars in the College of Arts & Sciences who have been recognized internationally for their research, and by their colleagues and students for their exceptional teaching and service work.
The newest addition to the Department of Women and Gender Studies, Dr. Maisam Alomar, has joined our faculty this semester as an assistant professor. Her research lies mainly in the areas of disability studies, cultural studies, and ethnic studies.
Nadia Brecl is a recent CU graduate, with dual degrees in sociology and women and gender studies, a minor in Ethnic Studies and certificates in both LGBTQ studies and public health. Nadia was nominated for the Van Ek award based on both their exemplary academic performance, and their commitment to issues of social justice in the campus community and beyond.
A double major in women and gender studies and international affairs, with minors in political science and Arabic, Mallory Hale was chosen for the Jacob Van Ek award for their “flawless academic performance as well as the impressive work they have been doing to build an inclusive climate on our campus.”
The Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Women and Gender Studies have joined together to invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level for social science candidates working on women and gender in Jewish culture, religion, or politics.
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Celeste Montoya, Robert Wyrod, Maisam Alomar, Emmanuel David, Deepti Misri, Robert Buffington,
Kristie Soares, Alison Jaggar, Janet Jacobs,
and Lorraine Bayard de Volo (chair)
Emmanuel David's essay "Transgender Archipelagos," published in the August issue of the journal Transgender Studies Quarterly, explores the archipelago “as an analytic to theorize the coastline-like boundaries and porous edges of transgender as a collective identity and as an emergent field of study.”
Alison Jaggar gave the keynote address "You Will Not Replace Us!: Decolonizing Liberalism and Feminism in Search of Immigration Justice" for the 2018 annual conference of Concerned Philosophers for Peace in October, co-sponsored by the department of Philosophy and the Center for Values and Social Policy. Jaggar co-wrote the recently published article "Agency, Complicity, and the Responsibility to Resist Structural Injustice" in The Journal of Social Philosophy, [Vol. 49, No. 3 (Fall 2018) pp. 439-460], with Corwin Aragon '13, who received his PhD in philosophy from CU Boulder, along with the WGST graduate certificate. He is currently an assistant professor of philosophy at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Deepti Misri co-edited a special issue of the journal Women's Studies Quarterly, on the theme of "Protest." The special issue was launched in November in New York City, at the Interference Archive, as well as at the annual conference of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) in Atlanta.
Elena Cohen, Deepti Misri & Melissa Forbis
The issue was co-edited along with Elena Cohen, president of the National Lawyer's Guild, and Melissa Forbis, a faculty member in sociology at Stony Brook University.
Kristie Soares organized the Race, Affect and Feminist Science Reading Group, which met twice this semester to discuss current topics at the intersection of race, gender, affect and science. Discussions included a review of Kyle Schuller's recent monograph, The Biopolitics of Feeling, and the Hypatia Transracialism Controversy of 2017.
WGST faculty and friends were gathered at the National Women's Studies Association this week, held in Atlanta, Georgia. "We have witnessed some incredible conversations over the last 3 days," shares Dr. Deepti Misri.
Professors Kristie Soares, Bianca Williams (CUNY), Danika Medak-Saltzman (Syracuse University), Maisam Alomar, Deepti Misri and Emmanuel David at NWSA
Maisam Alomar, Kristie Soares, Deepti Misri & Emmanuel David at the WSQ special issues launch. Misri co-edited the "Protest" issue, and David authored an article included in the "Beauty" issue.
Elena Cohen, Deepti Misri & Melissa Forbis, co-editors of the special "Protest" issue of WSQ