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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences

Lessie Jo Frazier

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Associate Professor
Department of American Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Adjunct Associate Professor in History, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies

Affiliate: Latino Studies, CLACS, Center for the Study of Global Change, International Studies

Office: Ballantine Hall 630
Phone: (812) 856-0402
E-mail: frazierl at

Sept 2016 CV


Ph.D. University of Michigan, Anthropology & History
B.A. University of Chicago, Anthropology, History, Latin American Studies


Professor Lessie Jo Frazier's work focuses on political culture in the Americas. She is particularly interested in the intersection of cultural studies theories of power, subjectivity, and ideology with questions of political economy. She has published on gender, nation-state formation, human rights, mental health policies, memory, poetics, activism, and feminist ethnography. Professor Frazier's teaching includes courses on transnational feminisms; gender, race and the erotics of imperialism; gender and sexuality in the Americas; theories of gender and sexuality; feminist perspectives on warfare and militarism; methodology; and gender and human rights.

Courses Recently Taught

  • AMST-A 201 U.S. Institutions and Social Movements: Democracy and Dissent
  • AMST-A 202 U.S. Arts and Media: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll
  • AMST-A 300 The Image of America in the World
  • AMST-A 350 Work, Family, Community Action
  • AMST-A 450 Research Seminar: Bandits, Borders, Justice
  • AMST-G 697 Transnational American Studies, Graduate Seminar

Works in Progress

"The Global '68" (IU Press, under contract).

"Beyond '68: Women's participation in Mexico '68 and their Legacies" (U of I Press, under contract).

"Desired States: Gender, Sexuality, and Political Culture in Chile".

Recent Publications

"Amnesia: Cultural Memory, Reconciliation, and Communal Accountability" Comparative American Studies, 2015.

I have amnesia poster Comparative American Studies Journal

"More Than Mojo: Gender, Sex, and the Racialized Erotics of Global '68" with Deborah Cohen Kalfou, A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, 2015.

Kalfou Journal

Framing the Global book

"Global Scale: '68 and methodologies in global studies" with Deborah Cohen in Hilary Kahn, ed. Framing the Global, Indiana University Press, 2014.

"Revolutions and Heterotopias, a Special Forum" Journal of Transnational American Studies, co-edited with Micol Siegel and David Sartorius. Vol 4, Issue 2. 2012.

Dean Rusk Demonstration, October 13, 1967; IU Archives P0029020
Dean Rusk Demonstration, October 31, 1967; IU Archives P0029020

Gender and Sexuality in 1968 Gender and Sexuality in 1968: Transformative Politics in the Cultural Imagination, co-edited with Deborah Cohen, Palgrave Press, 2009.

Salt in the Sand: Memory, Violence and the Nation-State, in Chile, 1890-Present (Duke University Press, 2007).

Frazier, Lessie Jo and Deborah Cohen "Mexico '68: Defining the Space of the Movement, Heroic Masculinity in the Prison, and "Women" in the Streets," Hispanic American Historical Review 83:4 (November 2003): 617-660.

Gender's Place: Feminist Anthropologies of Latin America, eds. Roasario Montoya, Lessie Jo Frazier and Janise Hurtig (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).