From the Chair

Dear Friends of Women and Gender Studies,

WGST continues to grow! I’m excited to announce that this fall we will welcome yet another new faculty. We teamed with the Program in Jewish Studies to hire Assistant Professor Samira Mehta, who is currently teaching at Albright College in Pennsylvania. She arrives at CU Boulder having already published a book, Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in the United States. You can read more exciting news in this newsletter: student, alum, and faculty profiles; a student article on campus sexual assault; info on internships and commencement; and faculty updates.

Thank you for your continued support of Women and Gender Studies. Don’t forget, we’d love to hear from you!

Lorraine Bayard de Volo
Chair & Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies

WGST Faculty Updates

WGST Faculty 2019(clockwise from top left) 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

Dr. Emmanuel David

Emmanuel David's August 2018 TSQ article “Transgender Archipelagos” recently received the Society for Queer Asian Studies Best Article Award. The SQAS prize committee wrote that they "unanimously agreed that 'Transgender Archipelagos' demonstrates what transgender studies and area studies can do for each other," and noted that "the essay’s framing archipelagic perspective is particularly productive and promising in the many iterations of ‘trans’ that the essay engages - transnational, transatlantic, transpacific, transindigenous, and transhemispheric."

Alison Jaggar Alison Jaggar gave the annual Dewey lecture at the Central Division meetings of the American Philosophical Association in February, traditionally given by a prominent and senior philosopher and published each year in the Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association. Jaggar's article, “’Saving Amina?’ Global Justice for Women and Intercultural Dialogue,” was selected by the journal, Ethics and International Affairs as one of the 100 best articles in its 100 years of publishing.

Celeste Montoya Celeste Montoya has received the the Western Political Science Association Award for Best Paper in Latino/a Politics for her paper "De Guerreras y Puentes: Legacies of Chicana Feminism." Her co-authored article "Intersectionality and the Politics of Knowledge Production" was recognized as the most read article for the European Journal of Politics and Gender in 2018. She is also the recipient of a CARTSS Scholar Grant for her new project on Latina/x Activism. Dr. Montoya traveled to the University of Florida this spring to give a talk "The Consequences of Co-option: Rising Populism and the EU Efforts to Combat Gender Violence." She also served on the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Academics (IDEA) Plan authoring and revision committee. She presented a lecture "The Politics of Immigrant Inclusion" in early April at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, in connection with their current exhibition Don Coen: The Migrant Series which runs through May 27.

Kristie Soares Kristie Soares authored the book chapter “Latin Lovers, Chismosas, and Gendered Discourses of Power: The Role of the Subjective Narrator in Jane the Virgin.” which is forthcoming in Decolonizing Latinx Masculinity, edited by Arturo Aldama and Frederick Aldama. Her book review “A Future that Rests with the Fate of the Oppressed: A Review of Rita Indiana’s Tentacle” was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books in February.


Growing Up Queer

Growing Up Queer: Dr. Mary Robertson

Dr. Mary Robertson, who received their PhD in sociology at CU Boulder in 2014, returned to campus on Wednesday, April 3rd as an invited lecturer in the Honors Program Distinguished Lecture Series to discuss their new book "Growing Up Queer: Kids and the Remaking of LGBTQ Identity" (NYU Press 2018).

Jessica Ordaz

New Associate Faculty: Jessica Ordaz

An historian specializing in both the United States and Latin America, Jessica Ordaz is a recent addition to the Department of Ethnic Studies at CU Boulder and to our associate faculty in Women and Gender Studies.

James Boyd

WGST Student Internships

The WGST internship affords unique opportunities far beyond the walls of the classroom. Meet WGST major James Boyd, currently interning for Out Boulder County.


5 Things to Know about Campus Sexual Assault

Students in the "Speak Up, Speak Out" course (WGST 3702) report that college aged men and women are at a higher risk than the general population to be sexually assaulted, and provide five specific things they should know, including links to resources.