September 6, 2013

Helen Power October 9, 1935-September 3, 2013

We are so sorry to announce the death of Helen Power, Coordinator of Women and Gender Studies from 1992-2001. Helen Power graduated from the University of Chicago (1955) and earned a master's (1964) and doctoral degree (1966) in English from Washington University. Shortly after finishing her Ph.D., Helen became a lecturer in the English department at Washington University. In 1983, Joyce Trebilcot, then Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program, asked Helen if she would like to teach a women's literature course. She graciously accepted, enjoyed working in the program, and subsequently developed several courses for the Program. She became the Program's Associate Coordinator and took over the role of Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program upon Professor Trebilcot's retirement in 1992.

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August 8, 2013

Associate Professor Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr. Joins WGSS in Fall 2013

Jeffrey McCune joins us as Associate Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Performing Arts in Fall 2013. Professor McCune brings to WGSS his expertise in the fields of queer theory, critical race theory, black masculinities, performance, and sexuality studies. He received his PhD in Performance Studies in 2007 from Northwestern University with a focus on African-American Studies and Gender Studies. Prior to his appointment with WGSS, Professor McCune was an assistant professor in the departments of Women's Studies and of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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New Faculty Member Amber Musser Coming to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Fall 2013

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Amber Jamilla Musser will join us as Assistant Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the Fall of 2013.   She will be contributing to research and helping to develop curriculum in sexuality studies in the Program.   She received her PhD in History of Science at Harvard University in 2009.  Prior to holding the Nancy L. Buc Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University, she was a faculty fellow in gender and politics at NYU.  Her research is at the intersection of history of science, critical race studies, and queer and feminist theory.  Her book, Sensational Flesh: Race, Power, and Masochism, is under contract with New York University Press.  Sensational Flesh uses masochism as a lens to examine how power is experienced by different bodies in different contexts.  It examines local histories of masochism in tandem with sensation as an analytic category to illustrate what it feels like to be embedded in structures of domination such as patriarchy, colonialism, and racism, and what it feels like to embody femininity, blackness, and pain.

March 13, 2013

Amber Musser to Join Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program in Fall 2013

Amber Jamilla Musser will join us as Assistant Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the Fall of 2013. She will be contributing to research and helping to develop curriculum in sexuality studies in the Program. She received her PhD in History of Science at Harvard University in 2009. Prior to holding the Nancy L. Buc Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women at Brown University, she was a faculty fellow in gender and politics at NYU. Read more...

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