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Megan Adams 
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2011 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices 

Education: 
M.A. 2011 - Bowling Green State University (American Culture Studies) 
B.A. 2008 - California State University, Long Beach (Women's Studies and Spanish; English Literature minor) 

Biography:
Originally from Riverside, California, Megan Adams first became interested in feminist academia and activism during her undergraduate work at CSU Long Beach. Recently, she received her M.A. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, where her thesis examined representations of women's masturbation in American film. She has taught courses in Intro to Women's Studies and Intro to Academic Writing. During her graduate studies, she has remained dedicated to feminist activism by leading an organization committed to developing personal and professional collegiality and mentorship among graduate women and faculty. Most recently, her research has focused on contemporary feminist debates about empowerment and agency in beauty culture. 

Areas of Interest:
Feminist rhetoric in political discourse; representations of women in media and popular culture; constructions of mixed-race identity; beauty culture, self-expression, and consumerism; feminist consciousness, agency, and the rhetoric of "choice".

Jenna Basiliere
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2008 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Jenna BasiliereEducation:
BA 2006 – Wells College (Women’s Studies Minor: English)
MA 2008 - SUNY at Buffalo (American Studies)

Biography:
Jenna Basiliere holds a BA in Women's Studies from Wells College (2006) and an MA in American Studies from the State University of New York at Buffalo (2008). Current research interests include: the inclusion and exclusion of the transgender body in feminist and queer theory, the role of the feminist 'sex wars' in shaping current discussions around sex and sexuality, popular culture treatments of GLBT bodies, drag king culture, and cinematic biography as a narrative of transgender identity. In the past I have taught courses in introductory women's/gender studies, cultural formations of sexuality, and feminist theory.

Areas of Interest:
sex workers and labor, consumption culture, queer theory

Publications:

Shahan Bellamy
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2014 Cohort

Shahan Bellamy

Education:
BA 2014 Southern Ilinois University Carbondale

Biography:
Shahan received his BA in cinema and photography from Souhern Illinois University Carbondale. Current research interests include: media representation/popular culture treatments of Trans* bodies, identity formation within the Trans* community and power & privilege dynamics of queer spaces.

Lindsey Breitwieser
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2012 Cohort

Concentration:
Medicine, Science, and Technologies of the Body

Education: 
BA 2012 - College of Charleston (Biology and Women's and Gender Studies)

Areas of Interest: 
Lindsey's research and academic interests lie within the fields of feminist science and technology studies, critical weight studies, and disability studies. In particular, she examines the gendered and disabled dimensions of death, dying, and self-harm from a new feminist materialist stance. Past projects emphasize the reevaluation of treatment ethics involved with inpatient treatment of anorexia nervosa; theorizing suicide's politically productive potential; and the gendered, raced, and disabled discursive productions in neurological, psychological, and physiological scientific publications linking anorexia nervosa and autism spectrum disorder.

Melinda Brennan
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2010 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Melinda BrennanEducation:
BA 2007 - Univ Wisc Milwaukee (Women's Studies/Sociology)
MA 2009 - Univ Wisc Milwaukee (Sociology/Women's Studies)

Biography:
Melinda Brennan is a PhD candidate in Gender Studies, with a minor in Sociology. She has remained invested in social justice throughout her education, focused on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, religion and nationality. During her MA, she investigated LGBTQ Muslim social movements in North America and the varied strategies for group formation, maintenance, and (dis)inclusion. Her dissertation investigates the process of racialization that constitutes Islamophobia, through constructions of “Muslim” as an ethno-religious category against the fraught racial category “Whiteness” and how gender and sexuality often operate as a canvas on which ethno-religious bigotry plays out within documentaries, serialized television shows, and mainstream news coverage. She has taught courses on transnational and diasporic sexualities, racialized embodiments feminist materialialisms, popular culture and mediated representation.

Areas of Interest:
racialized and gendered embodiment; Islamophobia and Orientalism;(im)materiality of gender, bodies, things; transnational sexualities; queer theory; diaspora and postcolonial theories; Chicana feminisms;collective identity construction and social movements

Courses Taught:

  • G205: Pretty Girls: Constructions of Beauty and Monstrosity (Fall 2013, Summer 2012)
  • G205: Dangerous Women: Sex, Politics, and the Body (Summer 2013, Spring 2013)
  • G205: Queer Migrations (Fall 2012, Collins Living-Learning Center Fall 2011)
  • G101: Gender, Culture and Society (Fall 2014, Summer 2014, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Summer 2011)

Selected Awards:
2014 Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship
Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs
Indiana University Bloomington
http://www.indiana.edu/~dema/news/items/won-joon_yoon_scholarship_winners.shtml

2014 Transnational Feminisms Summer Institute
Invited discussant, Columbus, OH

2014 Graduate Student Travel Grant
Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

2014 Women of Color Leadership Project participant
National Women’s Studies Association

2013 Barbra C. Gray Teaching Award (inaugural recipient)
Gender Studies, Indiana University Bloomington

Professional Memberships:
Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
Critical Ethnic Studies Association (CESA)

Social Media:
http://iub.academia.edu/MelindaBrennan

LaNita Gregory Campbell
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2010 Cohort

Concentration:
Medicine, Science, and Technologies of the Body

LaNita Gregory Campbell Education:
BA 2008 - University of Southern California (Spanish, Gender Studies)
MA 2008 - Indiana University (Latin American and Caribbean Studies)

Biography:
A Los Angeles native, LaNita received her undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Gender studies from the University of Southern California in 2008. Working as a youth sex and health educator in L.A. and traveling through South America during her undergraduate career only cemented her passion for conducting transnational work focused on public health and gender/race disparities in healthcare. She worked on her M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from 2008-2010 at Indiana University focusing on the racialization of HIV/AIDS in US Latino communities and the social construction of infectious diseases. She is interested in producing practical and applicable scholarly work that looks at how medicine, gender, sexuality, and race intersect.

Areas of Interest:
public health, medicalization of gendered bodies, politics of HIV/AIDS, reproductive rights, contraceptive technologies, representations of STDs in visual media

Nicholas Clarkson
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2007 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Nicholas ClarksonEducation:
BA 2007 - Indiana University (Gender Studies)

Biography:
Nick Clarkson is PhD candidate in Gender Studies with a minor in Cultural Studies. His dissertation investigates contemporary transgender citizenship with a focus on airport security practice and identity documentation policies. He currently holds a dissertation fellowship from IU's College of Arts and Sciences, and he taught at Butler University in Indianapolis as a Future Faculty Teaching Fellow during the 2012-2013 school year. For further information on Nick's publications and conference presentations, see http://indiana.academia.edu/NickClarkson.

Areas of Interest:
Transgender theory, biopolitics, masculinities, citizenship, surveillance, HIV/AIDS

Courses Taught:

  • G104: From Faeries to Lipstick Lesbians. Summer 2010.
  • G101: Gender, Culture and Society. Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011.
  • CLLC L120: Politics, Identity and Resistance: Sex and Surveillance. Spring 2012.
  • G205: Topics in Gender Studies: Gender, Race, and Surveillance. Spring 2014.

Publications:

  • "Penis is Important for That." In Why Are Faggots so Afraid of Faggots: Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification and the Desire to Conform, edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore. Forthcoming, February 2012.
  • "Transgender." World History Encyclopedia, edited by Alfred J. Andrea. ABC-CLIO, February 2011.
  • "Trans Victims, Trans Zealots: A Critique of Dreger's History of the Bailey Controversy." Archives of Sexual Behavior (2008) 37: 441-443.

Krystal Cleary
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2011 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Education: 
BA 2009- Wells College (Women's Studies; minor in Sociology)
MA 2011- University of Cincinnati (Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

Biography: 
Krystal Cleary holds a BA summa cum laude from Wells College in Women's Studies (2009) and a MA in from the University of Cincinnati in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2011).

Areas of Interest:
Krystal's research emerges as the intersection of disability studies, pop culture studies, and feminist and queer theory. Her current work focuses on freak discourse and representations of the disabled body in popular culture, primarily reality television.

Victoria Crump
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2009 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Victoria CrumpEducation:
Hollins University (Roanoke, VA)

  • BA in English (creative writing concentration) and Women's Studies
  • Masters in Liberal Studies (Interdisciplinary concentration)
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies (in Gender and the Arts)

Biography:
Victoria Crump is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English (creative writing concentration) and Women's Studies from Hollins University. She also earned a Masters in Liberal Studies (Interdisciplinary concentration), and a Certificate of Advanced Studies (in Gender and the Arts) from her alma mater. In 2008, Victoria was a presenter at the University of South Dakota's Women's Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Conference: Women and Power. Her essay from this conference was published in the Summer 2009 edition of the South Dakota Review.

Areas of Interest:
In the broadest sense, her academic research and interests focus on the intersectionalities of gender, sex, and sexuality with race and class. Past research includes the marginalization of Female to Male Transsexuals of color, butch and femme aesthetics (and the political and feminist debates therein,) and lesbian health and its relationship to homophobia and physician-patient communication. Anything involving transgender studies, butch/femme, female masculinity, feminism(s), race, (subverting) gender roles, and merging modern popular culture with gender and women's studies immediately captures her attention.

Publications:
South Dakota Review: Summer 2008

Katie Dieter
2009 Cohort

Dual PhD Gender Studies & AAADS
Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Katie DieterEducation:
MA 2009 - Indiana University (African American and African Diaspora Studies)
BA 2006 - Indiana State University (Studio Art: Metal and Furniture Design and African and African American Studies)

Biography:
Katie Dieter is pursuing a duel Ph.D. in Gender Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies. She holds a MA in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington (2009) and a Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art (Metal and Furniture Design) and African and African American Studies from Indiana State University (2006). Katie's research interests include skin tone hierarchy among African American women and the intersectionality of these issues with other identity markers, such as sexuality and gender. She is also interested in violence against women of color, and more particularly, intra-racial violence against black lesbians and its relation to skin tone hierarchal issues. As a visual artist, her research tends to inform her artwork. Katie is highly invested in using her artwork as a means to produce knowledge and she tries to show her work whenever possible.

Areas of Interest:
Skin tone hierarchy, intersectionality of race, gender, and sexuality, racial performativity and passing, violence against lesbians of color

Sasha Goldberg 
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2013 Cohort

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Daniela Gutiérrez López
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2014 Cohort

Biography:
Daniela Gutiérrez López received her BA in Literature from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. In May 2012, she graduated from Rutgers University, New BRunswick, with an MA in Women's and Gender Studies. Her MA thesis, titled "The Displays, Silences, and Aesthetic Possibilities of Museum Fashion's Gendered Geopolitics," inquired the exhibition of fashion garments within the walls of art museums in New York City. It especially considered ways of representation/construction/organization/subversion of gender-based hierarchies, through individual and collective subjectivities influenced by mass market and media. During her doctoral program in Gender Studies at IU, she intends to continue her work on aesthetics, affect and post-colonial theories, perhaps additionally incorporating music, dance and performance into the conversation.

Laura Harrison
2006 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Education:
BA 2005 - University of Iowa (Psychology and Women's Studies)
PhD 2012 – Indiana University (Gender Studies)

Biography: Laura Harrison researches the ways in which race, gender, reproduction, and reproductive technologies intersect in the contemporary United States.  Ms. Harrison was a member of the inaugural class of the Gender Studies PhD program at Indiana University in 2006.  She has taught several semesters of G101:  Gender, Culture, and Society and also a course that she developed independently, G104:  Extreme Bodies:  Identities in Transformation.  An essay by Ms. Harrison entitled “Brown Bodies, White Eggs:  Crossracial Gestational Surrogacy in the United States” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming anthology, Mothering at the Twenty-First Century:  Identity, Policy, Experience and Agency.  Ms. Harrison is also committed to forging connections between academia and activism, and has volunteered as a medical counselor at Planned Parenthood of Indiana since 2008.

Areas of Interest:
Assisted reproductive technologies, particularly in vitro fertilization and gestational surrogacy; constructions of race in the United States; changing ideologies of pregnancy and the fetus including fetal personhood, maternal-fetal conflict, and visual bonding theories.

Courses

  • G101 - Gender Culture & Society
    - Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009
  • G104:  Extreme Bodies: Identities in Transformation – Summer 2008

Publications

  • “Susan B. Anthony” and “Elizabeth Cady Stanton.”  2008. Encyclopedia of Gender and Society, ed. Jodi O’Brien.  Sage Publications, Inc.
  • “Dove: Campaign for Real Beauty.”  2009.  The American Beauty Industry Encyclopedia, ed. Julie A. Willett.Greenwood Press.  Publication forthcoming.
  • “Brown Bodies, White Eggs:  Crossracial Gestational Surrogacy in the United States.” In Mothering at the Twenty-First Century:  Identity, Policy, Experience and Agency, ed. Andrea O’Reilly.  Columbia University Press.  Publication forthcoming.

Brandon Hill
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2006 Cohort

Concentration:
Medicine, Science, and Technologies of the Body

Brandon Hill Education:
BA 2006 - Gender Studies (Biology minor)

Biography:
Brandon Hill's research examines the intersection of science and the study of sex and gender. His work primarily utilizes a biological and psychological approach to examining how individuals perceive gender and sexual behavior. Brandon's research on sexual attitudes, sexuality, and transgender health has been presented both internationally and at US conferences. In the spring of 2008, he was awarded the International Friends of Kinsey Research Grant for his project titled; The Face of Gender: Sexual Dimorphism, Facial Features and Passability. Later that year he was invited to attend the University of Michigan International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Psychology Institute where he studied with Drs. Leonore Tiefer and Lih-Mei Liao. Currently, Brandon is an associate researcher at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction working on a research project funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Areas of Interest:
Bio-psychological development of gender behavior and sexual orientation, etiology and contemporary conceptualizations of transgender/transsexuality, sexual dimorphism and basic cognitive processing of sex and gender, the semantics of sexual language, sexual attitudes and behaviors

Courses

  • Sex, Gender, and the Brain (G205)-Summer 2009
  • Gender, Culture, and Society (G101) Spring 2009 & Fall 2009

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Hill, B.J., E. Amick, & Sanders, S.A. (in preparation). Who to use condoms with?: Variations in attitudes about condom use with different sexual partner types.
  • Hill, B.J., E. Amick, & Sanders, S.A. (in review).  Assessing college-aged men and women’s attitudes about condoms: The development of the Brief Condom Attitudes Scale. Health Psychology.
  • Hill, B.J., Rahman, Q., Bright, D.A., & Sanders, S.A. (in review). The semantics of sexual behavior and their implications for sexual health: US and UK gay men’s definitions of having “had sex.” AIDS Care.
  • Sanders, S.A., Hill, B.J., Yarber, W.L., Graham, C.A., Crosby, R.A., & Milhausen, R.R. (in press).
    “Misclassification Bias: Diversity in conceptualizations about having “had sex.” Sexual Health.
  • Janssen, E., McBride, K.R., Yarber, W.L., Hill, B.J., & Butler, S.M. (2008). Factors that influence arousal in men: A focus group study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 252-265.

Book Chapters

  • Hill, B.J. (2009). Transvestism: Origins and contemporary understandings. In T. Cooke ed.
    Sex and Society, Volume I. London: Brown Reference Group.
  • Hill, B.J. (2009). Misandry. In T. Cooke ed. Sex and Society, Volume I. London: Brown
    Reference Group.
  • Hill, B.J. (2009). Repression. In T. Cooke ed. Sex and Society, Volume I. London: Brown
    Reference Group.
  • Hill, B.J. (2009). Modesty. In T. Cooke ed. Sex and Society, Volume I. London: Brown
    Reference Group.
  • Hill, B.J. (2007). Sex Manuals: Old and Modern West. In Malti-Douglas ed. Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference, Inc.
  • Hill, B.J. & McBride, K.R. (2007). Transgender. In Malti-Douglas ed. Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference, Inc.
  • Hill, B.J. & McBride, K.R. (2007). Transsexual: male to female. In Malti-Douglas ed. Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. Detroit, MI: Macmillan Reference, Inc.

Jessica Hille 
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2013 Cohort

Concentration:
 

Jessica Hille

Education: 
J.D. Washington University
L.L.M. Health Law & Policy, University of Washington - Seattle
B.A. Political Science, University of Chicago

Biography:
Jessica earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, and an LLM in Health Law & Policy from the University of Washington - Seattle. In law school, she co-taught the seminar "Women and the Law" for undergraduates. Her legal activism focused on reproductive justice and LGBT/queer sexuality and family law issues.

Areas of Interest:
Current research interests include asexuality, sex education, and queering the concept of intimacy.

Yu-Ying "Lauren" Hu
2006 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Yu-Ying HuEducation:
BA 2002 - National Taiwan University (Foreign Language and Literature)
MA 2005 - National Taiwan University (Foreign Language and Literature)
PhD 2011 – Indiana University (Gender Studies)

Biography: Yu-Ying Hu's research interests include Transnational Feminism, Cultural Globalization, Ethnography of Gender and Sexualities, Rhetoric on Gender and Sexuality in Media, Queer Politics and Theory, and Interdisciplinary Research Methods. She holds a BA and MA degree from National Taiwan University with a major in English Literature. Her MA thesis focused on queer theories and politics, female masculinity and butch-femme aesthetics. Her dissertation project focused on examining the way in which the conceptualization of gender and sexuality in Taiwanese society has been shaped and reshaped by Taiwan's political modernization and cultural globalization. She conducted her field work on a Taiwanese local lesbian community, which is distinguished by its members' gender roles and has prospered and caught great public attention in recent years, thus being a crucial site where ideologies concerning gender and sexuality are revealed. She investigated mass media as a major means that initiates and mediates global-local encounters in Taiwanese culture and society.

Areas of Interest:
lesbian identity and queer youth culture in contemporary Taiwan; structural contingencies of the butch/femme aesthetic; various modes of critical analysis, including queer theory, deconstruction and psychoanalytic theory

Nicole Hylton-Patterson
2014 Cohort

Nicole Hylton-PattersonEducation:
Syracuse University (2012-2014): MA Pan African Studies
The Chicago School of Professional Psych (2010-2012): MS Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Mount Holyoke College (2006-2009): BA AAS & Philosophy

Biography: During my undergraduate and graduate tenures I have been able to engage and problematize notions of Blackness articulated in the capitalist marketplace. My senior thesis, “Sister Love: Female Love in the Blues Era” explored same sex relationships as articulated in the music of Ma Rainy, Ethel Waters and Gladys Bentley.

Moreover, I am driven to critically engage the work of researchers who position themselves as scholars invested in pedagogical frameworks attentive to Black and Transnational feminist standpoints. Queer of color influences continues to inform my ongoing research on the impact of color and class on LGBT rights in Jamaica. I have been able to conduct unprecedented field research in Jamaica with gays and lesbians, paying close attention to how the objective conditions of their materiality render security for some, while displacing and marginalizing others. My research also interrogates the position of the state as it follows a neoliberal agenda dictated by the global North, while simultaneously trying to retain national pride as a sovereign nation. The state’s machinations are evident in its maintenance of homophobia while appropriating the language of the gay rights movement in an effort to shore-up international capital interests.

Heather Montes Ireland
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2011 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Heather Ireland

Education: 
BA 2007 – California State University (Women’s Studies)
MA 2011 – Oregon State University (Interdisciplinary Studies)

Biography:
Concerned with problems relevant to economic justice, Heather Montes Ireland's dissertation research examines poverty reduction discourses and the politics of microfinance to contend with the gendered, racialized, and sexualized configurations of U.S. economic policy. A Ronald E. McNair Scholar at Cal State University Long Beach, Heather joined the IU PhD program in Gender Studies as a McNair Graduate Fellow. Committed to advocating for first generation, LGBTQ, and students of color, Montes Ireland was selected as a Graduate Mentor for the IU McNair Scholars Program, and served as an Associate Instructor with the Student Academic Center/GROUPS Summer Experience. Heather has taught G205 Money, Sex, and the Economy; G104 Women and Gender Worldwide; and G101 Gender, Culture, and Society at IU.

Areas of Interest:
Economic justice and political economy; queer Latin@ studies; critical race theory and critical mixed race studies; U.S. women of color and transnational feminisms.

Betsy Jose
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2007 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Betsy JoseEducation:
BA 1993 - Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi (Sociology)
MA 1995 - Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (Sociology)

Biography: Betsy Jose graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in 1995 with a Masters degree in Sociology. As an international student hailing from India, she has extensive work experience in the NGO as well as the media sector. While in India, Betsy worked with organizations like TARSHI (Talking About Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) and the YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) of Delhi. She has also volunteered with Sangini (India) Trust. Betsy worked in the media sector in radio, TV and film in various capacities including radio show host, TV Producer, TV host, associate director, scriptwriter and voiceover artiste to mention a few. Her interests revolve around media and its repercussions on the shaping of perceptions about gender and sexuality. Betsy strongly believes in the power of film as a vehicle of creating discourses to counter hegemonic ideologies. In the course of pursuing her PhD along with a minor in Telecommunications, Betsy has already produced a couple of shorts on the Kinsey Institute here on campus. They are featured on Kinsey Institute's website.

Betsy's research interests revolve around the changing landscape of alternative sexualities in non-western cultures and the impact of media mechanisms, particularly film, on this phenomenon. In the summer of 2014, Betsy started the “Alex Doty and Betsy Jose Indian Queer Film Collection” at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. This Collection is a tribute to her mentor and guide, Professor Alexander Doty, whom we lost to a road accident in Bermuda in 2012. The Alex Doty and Betsy Jose Indian Queer Film Collection will comprise mainly independent films being made within India that have queer-related content.

Areas of Interest:
Comparative studies of sexuality and the changing face and space of intimacies in non-western cultures, film-making, media studies with reference to gender and sexuality, social activism.

Beyond BoundariesA documentary film “Beyond Boundaries” produced and directed by third-year doctoral student Betsy Jose had its World Premiere at the IndyLGBT Film Festival in November 2009. The 26+ minutes film takes a close look at the lives of immigrants in USA with diverse sexualities. It deals with how various aspects of their identities intersect and interact in making their experiences distinct, as well as similar in many ways. This film, produced for broadcast on WTIU, has been made by a documentary class that Betsy pursued in Spring 2009.

Official Selection for “Beyond Boundaries” at:
Great Lakes International Film Festival 2010
Nominated for Best Gay/Lesbian Film

Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2010 - Mumbai, India
Nominated for Best Documentary Short

Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival 2010 - Hollywood CA

Pride of the Ocean Cruise 2010 – NY to Bermuda

CineSlam Film Festival 2010 - Guilford, VT
Nominated for Best Short Film

Out Side Film Festival 2010 - Columbus, IN

Indy LGBT Film Festival 2009 - Indianapolis, IN
Nominated for Best Short Documentary

Conference Presentations:
2014 International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Hyderabad, India.
Paper presented – “Queerative Spaces: The 2013 Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival" at the Gender and Communication Section in a Panel on Feminism, Activism and Media.

2009    International Communication Association (ICA), Chicago, IL
Paper presented – “Cinema’s Scope: Gay and Lesbian Visibility in Contemporary Indian Cinema” at the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies division in a session on Global Sexualities.

Awards:
2014 Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship
The University Graduate School, Indiana University, Bloomington

2013 Gerald J. and Claire Larson Research-Travel Fellowship
Dhar India Studies Program, Indiana University, Bloomington

2010    Summer Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant
Office of the Vice President of International Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington
           
2009    The Larry Gross Award for the Top Student Paper
International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Chicago, IL

Filmography:
2009    “Beyond Boundaries
            (This film is now part of the programming content of WTIU PBS network)

2008    “Inside the Kinsey Library” - http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/services/video.html
2008    “All About the Kinsey Institute”– http://www.kinseyinstitute.org/services/video.html

 

Shahin Kachwala
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2009 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Shahin KachwalaEducation:
B.A. 2001 - University of Mumbai (English Literature)
M.A. 2007 - University at Albany (Women's Studies, Africa Studies)

Biography:
Hailing from Mumbai, India, Shahin Kachwala graduated in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. She arrived in the US in 2004 to pursue a Masters in Women's Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. While at SUNY - Albany she also completed a second Masters in African Studies in 2007.

Shahin worked as a teaching adjunct for the Women's Studies Department, at the University at Albany, while also working full time as a researcher for the Center for Human Services Research, University at Albany.

Shahin's research interests straddle feminist and post-colonial theory as well as the history of women, sexuality and gender.

Areas of Interest:
gender and colonialism, neo-colonial processes, transnational feminisms, representations, social and cultural history, history of sexuality in Africa.

Bradley Lane
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2006 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Education:
BA 2001 - Lambuth University (English; Minor(s): European Studies)
M.Ed 2005 - Vanderbilt University (Language, Literacy and Culture; Gender Studies minor)

Biography:
Bradley Lane researches contemporary feminist and queer visual cultures, as well as the cultural politics of American sexuality. At Indiana University, he regularly offers classes on the intersections of sexual politics and cultural production. This year, his courses include G205 (Photography, Film, and the Body); G205 (Sex Crimes and Punishment); and G205 (Feminist Sex Debates). He has essays forthcoming in Trans/Scripts: Queer Grads Reading Culture (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009) and Sexing the Look: Sexualized Imagery in Popular Visual Cultures (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009) and has also served as a contributor to LGBTQ America Today. Previously, Bradley served as a Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University, where he taught courses on LGBT studies and queer theory. His dissertation project concerns the visual representation of sexual perversion, particularly through the figure of the sexual predator.

Areas of Interest:
sexuality and the body in contemporary visual culture; cultural politics of twentieth century sexuality; feminist and queer pedagogy; new media, popular culture, and the arts

Publications:

  • Arousing Suspicions: The Visual Culture of Contemporary Anti-Pornography Feminism.” Forthcoming in Gentile, Kathy (Ed.), Sexing the Look: Sexualized Imagery in Popular Visual Cultures. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010
  • Suddenly Last Semester: What Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer Taught Me about the Queer Dis-ease.” Forthcoming in Battis, Jes (Ed.), Homophiles: Queer Grads Reading Culture, Rowman and Littlefield, 2010
  • “Being Made Up: Semiotics, Pedagogy, and Identity in America’s Next Top Model.” Co-authored with Jessica Giles, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University.  Forthcoming in Columbus, Frank (Ed.), Social Changes. Nova Science Press, 2009

Joselyn Leimbach
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2007 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Education:
BA 2004 - Miami University (Interdisciplinary Studies, Women's Studies minor)
MA 2007 - San Diego State University (Women's Studies)

Biography:
Joselyn K. Leimbach is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University's Gender Studies program where she is currently examining the representation of lesbians of color in English language lesbian films. Her interests include feminist and queer theory, race relations within socio-political borders, and film studies. Previously she has acted as assistant editor of The Journal of Lesbian Studies and has contributed to The Encyclopedia of Race and Racism (2007)and the Encyclopedia of North American Sport (forth coming). She received her Master's Degree in Spring 2008 in Women's Studies from San Diego State University where she acted as a guest lecturer. While there Joselyn investigated the treatment of Black lesbians in American mainstream film and has presented her findings at the Pacific South West Women's Studies Association annual conference and the Conference for the National Women's Studies Association.

Areas of Interest:
Representations of lesbian of color in lesbian films, race and representation

Lamont Loyd-Sims
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2013 Cohort

Concentration:
Queer Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Black Feminism; Cultural Studies; Performance Studies; Publics; Spacial Theory 

Education: 
M.A. 2013 - Women's Studies, Georgia State University
B.A. 2010 - Sociology, Georgia State University

Biography:
Lamont Loyd-Sims was born in South Central, LosAngeles, CA, later moving to Atlanta, GA at the age of 10. He recieved his B.A. in sociology and worked torwards his M.A. in women's studies at Georgia State University. While attending GSU, Lamont helped organize community among Black queer people through his work with BlackOUT, a student organization, and Sweet Tea Southern Queer Men's Collective. He currently serves on the board of the Atlanta based organization, Spark Reproductive Justice NOW!

Areas of Interest:
His research is primarily concerned with Black queer resistance through cultural work. More specifically he considers the ways in which j-setting, as a style of dance, creates new racial and gender possibilities for Black gay men throughout the US South. He is also interested in the ways in which social spaces help produce and circulate discourses attached to marginalized racial and gender subjects.

Alexandra Marcotte
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2012 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Education: 
BS 2010 – Vanderbilt University (Women & Gender Studies; Cognitive Studies)

Area of Interest:
I am interested in exploring the rhetoric surrounding sex trafficking and understanding the implications of this rhetoric in society.  I would also like to explore the ways in which sexual regulations contribute to a rise in sex trafficking. Although most of my research to date has centered on trafficking, I intend to expand this knowledge to include sex work, pornography, queer theory, embodiment, and performativity. 

Timothy McAlister 
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2013 Cohort

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Timothy McAlisterEducation: 
B.S. - Loyal University (Psychology with Minors in Gender Studies & Psychology

Areas of Interest:
Timothy's main area of research and academic interest is how the interactions of race, geography, ethnic background, gender, and sexual orientation affect self-perceptions and others' perceptions of one's self. Other interests include gay male sexual fetishes and the sexual continuum originated by Dr. Alfred Kinsey.

Kimberly Miller 
2014 Cohort

Biography:
Original hometown of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Kimberly Miller moved north to Pittsburgh, PA to study history and international relations at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was gratefully, exposed to the nuances and intersections of race, class and most saliently gender in fields historically dominated by patriarchal and heteronormative narratives. While studying history, she was compelled to research African-American women’s historic agency throughout the modern civil rights movement through the Black Women’s Oral History Project at Harvard’s Schlesinger Library in addition to female slave narratives for her senior honors thesis. It also explored the complex dynamics involving formation of a black American female identity as illustrated through womanism (black feminism) encompassed by the United States tumultuous racial history. Her prospective research interests at Indiana University engage in the politics of agency as it pertains to female sex work in the context of American capitalism. How that relates to sexuality, and race are also of interest.

Gretchen Panzer
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2012 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Education: 
BA 2012 – St. Norbert College (Women’s and Gender Studies and English)

Biography: 
Gretchen Panzer holds a BA summa cum laude from St. Norbert College in English and Women’s and Gender Studies. Her work is situated at the intersection of these two fields, with particular attention to the ways in which narratives are shaped by their writers’ embodied experiences within interlocking systems of privilege and oppression. Her current research interests include Victorian protofeminist literature, feminist speculative fiction, the American childbirth debates, and queer birthing narratives.

Erick A. Paulino 
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2014 Cohort

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 Education: 
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, Liberal Arts, 2011

Biography:
I was born in the Dominican Republic and come to Bloomington from Miami, Florida where, in addition to New York, I have spent much of my time in the United States. My undergraduate research, at Sarah Lawrence College, focused on critical social studies, drawing from queer studies, feminist studies and cultural studies. It was then that I developed a still invigorated interest in Gloria Anzaldúa and the rich academic and artistic archive of women of color feminists. Currently, at IU-Bloomington, I continue exploring those interests at the graduate level with a developing interest in affect theory and materialist feminism, inspired by the work of feminist sociologist Patricia T. Clough (itself inspired by three important drivers of my thinking: the philosophers Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari). Methodologically, I am interested in critical qualitative research methods such as critical ethnography and participatory-action research. My proposed doctoral project, tentatively entitled "Making World: Gay Latino Men and the Praxis of HIV Prevention in Miami," is an interdisciplinary, ethnographic exploration of the cultural politics of HIV/AIDS prevention amongst gay Latino men in Miami. More specifically, I am interested in communal, non-institutional, sometimes marginal strategies of HIV/AIDS prevention and care devised by gay Latino men in Miami that may be at odds with dominant, institutional strategies—what has been identified in public health studies as “intravention” or “collective-risk reduction reinforcement.” I aim to interrogate and problematize persistent programatic focus in HIV/AIDS prevention in the United States on reducing the risk of acquisition of the virus (as opposed to reducing the risk of virus transmission). Although this focus is deeply embedded in what can aptly be called the "HIV/AIDS prevention and care complex," prevention programs mainly target the uninfected population while infected individuals are the focus of treatment and management programs. I am interested in the repercussion of this divided focus in/on a population that, as a whole, is already stigmatized as always already "at risk" for HIV infection. To that end, I am particularly interested how seropositive individuals enact their sexualities in ways that mitigate viral transmission. How do seropositive individuals deploy practices of "intravention" in the service of negotiating their sexualities and viral infection? Furthermore, how do do these practices amongst seropositive facilitate acquisition prevention for uninfected individuals as well as for infected ones still at risk for viral reinfection? Preliminary findings, based on ethnographic research in Miami, suggest that amongst gay Latino men in that city, practices of "intravention" ("serosorting" and "strategic positioning" are amongst these practices) embody and exemplify a particularly queer sexual ethic and affective economy and that both are bound by a particularly Latin American way of feeling and responding to health, stigma and crisis— one that traffics through a myriad of social and institutional hurdles whilst enabling a constellation of praxes, spaces, epistemologies and affects—ways of doing, moving, thinking and feeling—that facilitate a communal re-writing of official (often asocial, acultural, ahistorical) HIV/AIDS public health narratives based on epidemiological markers of "lifestyle," "behavior" and "risk." I insist that comprehension of these matters is pertinent to current theoretical and methodological debates in HIV/AIDS studies and gender studies more broadly defined.

Areas of Interest:
gender and sexuality studies; women of color feminisms, queer theories, decolonial studies; Dominican and Puerto Rican diasporas; critical and experimental ethnography, participatory action research; critical public health, Black and Latino public health; cultural politics and prevention of HIV/AIDS in communities of color.

Milo Rhodes
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2012 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Education: 
BA 2012 – University of Oklahoma (Women’s and Gender Studies; English Literary and Cultural Studies)

Areas of Interest: 
trans & queer studies, histories of sexuality, race & nation, affect & embodiment,? ? narrative theory, literary & cultural studies.

Samantha (Sami) Schalk
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2010 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Samantha SchalkEducation:
BA 2008 Miami University (English/Creative Writing and Women's Studies)
MFA 2010 University of Notre Dame (Creative Writing/Poetry)

Biography:
Sami's research is on representations of (dis)ability in post-1970 black women's non-realist fiction. In addition to being a doctoral candidate in Gender Studies, Sami is a Cave Canem fellow and board member for the Society for Disability Studies. She works with Writing for a Change Foundation of Bloomington and The Rise/Middle Way House to provide creative writing classes for girls in the Bloomington community.

Areas of Interest:
Black feminism, Disability studies, Contemporary American literature, and Queer of color critique.

Academic publications:
“Self, Other, Other-Self: Going Beyond the Self/Other Binary in Contemporary Consciousness.” Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology. 2.1 (April 2011). Online.

 “What Makes Mr. Hyde So Scary?: Disability as a Result of Evil and Cause of Fear.” Disability Studies Quarterly. 28.4 (Fall 2008). Online.

Creative Publications (Poetry) in Gargoyle Magazine, Magnolia Journal, Disability Studies Quarterly, TORCH, The Battered Suitcase, Emprise Review, Diverse Voices Quarterly and elsewhere.

Emily Schusterbauer
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2006 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Education:
BA 2003 - University of Michigan (Art History and Women's Studies)
MA 2006 - Ohio State University (Women's Studies)

Areas of Interest:
literary and cultural representations of violence against women; autobiography; narratives of trauma; representation as a social and political act

K Schweighofer
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2008 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

K SchweighoferEducation:
BA 2001 - Princeton University (English Minor: Women's Studies)
MA 2005 - New York University (Gender Politics)

Areas of Interest:
rural queer theory, queer geographies, and lesbian-feminism; gender and sexuality in sports

Jocelyne Scott
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2011 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Education: 
BA 2011 – Bucknell University (French and International Relations)

Biography:
Jocelyne completed her undergraduate work at Bucknell University where she received a B.A. magna cum laude in French and International Relations (2011). Her current research interests include intimate female friendship; kinship formations among women; and women-centered organizations. Specifically, her research focuses on the ways in which these themes complicate the idea of (im)proper feminist subjects; empowerment; agency; femininity and femme identity; and media representations of and by women.

Shadia Siliman 
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2013 Cohort

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Education: 
B.A. 2013 - University of Hartford (Psychology and Gender Studies)

Biography:
Shadia holds a double bachelor's in Psychology and Gender Studies from the University of Hartford, from which she graduated as valedictorian in 2013. She is currently researching sexual assault as a Research Assistant to Dr. Justin Garcia at the Kinsey Institute.

Areas of Interest:
Shadia's research includes topics of sexual assault, masculinity studies, and queer studies. She is also a certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, and participates in feminist activism.

Ariel Sincoff-Yedid
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2012 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Education: 
BA 2009 – Union College (Political Science)
MA 2013 – George Washington University (Middle East Studies)

Biography:
Ariel’s research focuses broadly on gender identity development and the production and dissemination of knowledge about gender and sexuality. More specifically, her work investigates the relationships between ideational structures, normativity, and socialization around gender and sexuality. She concentrates her research in Arab Muslim communities domestically and abroad, and previously conducted research on modes of socialization among Sunni Muslim men in Beirut, Lebanon.

Amanda L. Stephens
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2014 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Amanda Stephens

Education: 
J.D., gender studies minor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
M.A. English/Creative Writing, Marshall University
B.A. English/Creative Writing, chemistry minor, Marshall University

Biography:
Amanda had her feminist awakening while taking a feminist rhetoric course during her master's program at Marshall University. Since then, her academic, legal professional, and activist work has been informed by feminist thought, both in national and international spaces. From West Virginia, her home state, to Indiana and India, where she studied and worked abroad, her work has centered on sexual assault, reproductive health care barriers, child marriage, domestic violence, family law, gender and criminal law, and gender and comparative law. Ultimately, she aspires to teach, publish, and litigate on matters that intersect with gender and the law. She also recently passed the Indiana bar examination and aspires to perform legal work in the state while earning her doctorate. Messages from those with similar interests are most welcome.

Areas of Interest:
Current research interests include comparative legal analyses of "feminist" and non-feminist countries (e.g., Sweden and the U.S.), transnational feminism, gender quotas, the unemotionality of the legal system, cultural depictions of marriage and divorce, feminist rape theories, employment discrimination and intersectionality, judicial attitudes toward lesbian parents, First Amendment and pro-ana online spaces, and feminists and women in both legal education and the legal profession.

Social Media:
https://twitter.com/FeministJD
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Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams
2006 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams Education:
BA 2005 - Eastern Oregon University (Anthropology and Sociology, Gender Studies minor)

Biography:
Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams is a member of the Miwok of the El Dorado Rancheria and is a single mother of twin six-year-old girls who joined the inaugural class of the nation's first Gender Studies Ph.D. program at Indiana University Bloomington in 2006 as the Indiana University Diversity Scholar.   In 2008, Cierra was admitted to the American Studies PhD program and is working toward a combined PhD in Gender Studies and American Studies.   She has recently been awarded IU's 2009-10 John H. Edwards fellow for "good citizenship, character, and especially attitude toward public service and the likelihood of future usefulness to society, scholastic ability, intellectual capacity."

Ms. Thomas-Williams' courses taught include G104 Representations of Black Women in Popular Culture and in Spring and Summer 2008 G101 Gender, Culture, and Society. Cierra has contributed to the academic journals Callaloo, 'emisferica, and to On Campus with Women, a publication of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, in a special issue entitled Visibility and Invisibility: LGBTQ Students on Campus. Ms. Thomas-Williams is one of the 2007 Friends of the Kinsey Institute grant recipients for collaborative research on sexuality with Dr. Lessie Jo Frazier for their research on sexual citizenship in Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Areas of Interest:
representations of women of color in media; critical race and feminist theories; and transnational feminisms as they intersect with theories of the Black Diaspora.

Courses:

  • G104 Representations of Black Women in Popular Culture
  • G101 Gender, Culture, and Society

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Articles:

Kathryn Thompson
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2007 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Cierra Olivia Thomas-Williams Education:
BA 2007 -Indiana University of Pennsylvania (Psychology)

Biography:
Kathryn Thompson completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Computer Science at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She is currently working on her doctoral dissertation, tentatively entitled "Ask Me Anything: A Digital Ethnography of Reddit Users" The dissertation explores how users of the social news site Reddit.com engage with issues concerning socially marked difference (gender, race, class, sexuality) online through ethnographic interviews with users and textual analysis of posted material. The project has two primary areas of focus. First, it examines strategies employed by users, particularly users marked by difference, during disagreements about these topics (each side asserting a conflicting worldview), and the success or failure of these strategies. Secondly, it explores the online community-building practices of minoritarian users, and the ways in which these communities navigate the tension between accessibility (being findable by others seeking community) and safety (keeping hostile comments and users out).

Areas of Interest:
the performance of minoritarian identities in digital forms and spaces, the phenomenology of new media, and transformative media practices such as fanfiction.

Allison Vandenberg
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2008 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Allison VandenbergEducation:
BA 2008 – Indiana University (Gender Studies, Sociology minor)

Biography:
Allison Vandenberg is a PhD candidate in the Department of Gender Studies with a minor in History. Her dissertation examines the phenomenological experiences produced through women’s engagement in beauty practices in the United States between 1945 and 1985. In addition to teaching in the Department of Gender Studies at IU, she has also taught courses in the Department of Telecommunications, the Collins Living-Learning Center, and the Global Village Living-Learning Center.

Areas of Interest:
Phenomenological experiences of beauty practices; embodiment; bodily technologies; beauty culture as an expression of gender, respectability, entrepreneurship, and consumption; cultural and historical perspectives on gendered aesthetics

Courses Taught:
G104 Gender, Beauty, and Culture
G205 The Virgin Always Lives: Gender and Sexuality in Horror

Publications:
Vandenberg, Allison. “The Somatechnics of Hair Straightening” in Crafting Allure: Beauty, Culture and Identity, Jacque Lynn Foltyn, ed. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014. 89-97.

Vandenberg, Allison, “The Somatechnics of Hair Straightening: Technology, Transformation, and Social Change" in (Re)Possessing Beauty:Politics, Poetics, Change, Sallie McNamara, ed. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2014. 51-66.

Xavier M. Watson
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2014 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Xavier M. WatsonEducation:
BA 2014 – University of Kentucky (Gender and Women’s Studies; Minor: Political Science)

Biography:
Xavier Watson is a doctoral student in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University. Xavier received a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies and minor in Political Science from the University of Kentucky (2014).

Areas of Interest:
Men and masculinities; museum studies; material culture; aesthetics; art and antiquities trade; antiquities looting; spatial theory; dress and the body; the fashion industry and fashion modeling

Stacy Weida
2006 Cohort

Concentration:
Cultural Representations and Media Practices

Stacy WeidaEducation:
BA 2003 - Purdue University (English, Women's Studies and Religious Studies minor)
MA 2005 - Purdue University (American Studies, Women's Studies minor)

Biography:
Stacey Weida received her B.A. in English with a minor in Women's Studies and her M.A. in American Studies with a certificate in Women's Studies from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. She has taught Introductory Composition, Business Writing, Introduction to Women's Studies, and Gender, Culture, & Society, as well as Gender Studies special topics courses on technology and embodiment (G104: Rethinking the Gendered Body) ecofeminism and environmental justice (G104: Intersections of Gender and Nature), and masculinity and socioeconomic class (G205: Masculinities, Power & Money). Stacy has also recently had two encyclopedia entries accepted for publication in Jodi O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Gender and Society (Sage Press). Her research focuses primarily on gender in postwar America with an emphasis on feminist critical theory, conceptions of the gendered self, embodiment, socioeconomic class, feminist geography, and representations of "alternative" and postmodern masculinities.

Areas of Interest:
textual representations of the sexed and gendered body, especially the ways in which texts are used by institutions to formulate class-based appeals and to forge ideological solidarities among disfranchised groups; religious discourse; feminist theory and activism in a global and transnational context

Courses:

  • G104 Representations of Black Women in Popular Culture
  • G205 Masculinities, Power & Money

Regina M. Wright
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2011 Cohort

Concentration:
Sexualities, Desires, and Identities

Education: 
BA 2005 – University of California--Berkeley (Integrative Biology) 
MA 2010 – Brandeis University (joint between Women’s and Gender Studies & Sociology)

Biography: 
Regina Wright holds a B.A. in Integrative Biology from University of California--Berkeley (2005) and a joint M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies & Sociology from Brandeis University (2011). She wrote her Master’s thesis on the ways that cisgender terminology is used in the blogosphere. Current research interests include: single women; queer theory; asexuality; and transgender studies. While at Brandeis University, she was a teaching assistant for a lower division women’s and gender studies course entitled “Women and Gender in Culture and Society” and an upper division course cross-listed between sociology and women’s and gender studies entitled “Issues in Sexuality.” Currently, at Indiana University she is an Associate Instructor for G101: Gender, Culture, and Society.

Areas of Interest: 
single women, queer theory, asexuality and transgender studies