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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

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


Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1998


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 Latin America; theories of gender and sexuality; feminist perspectives on warfare and militarism; methodology; and gender and human rights.

Courses Recently Taught

  • AMST-A 300 The Image of America in the World
  • AMST-A 350 Work, Family, Community Action
  • AMST-A 450 Senior Seminar
  • GNDR-G 101 Gender, Culture & Society
  • GNDR-G 300 Gender Studies: Core Concepts & Key Debates
  • GNDR-G 410 International Feminist Debates
  • GNDR-G 718 Transnational Feminisms and the Politics of Globalization

Works in Progress

"Gender, Sexuality, and Political Culture in Chile" (forthcoming).

Recent Publications

Frazier, Lessie Jo and Deborah Cohen. Gender and Sexuality in 1968: Transformative Politics in the Cultural Imagination (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

Salt in the Sand: Memory, Violence and the Nation-State, in Chile, 1890-Present (Durham, NC: 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).