Sara Howard Appointed Librarian for Gender & Sexuality Studies

Princeton University Library is very pleased to announce the appointment of our new Librarian for Reference & Research Services and Gender & Sexuality Studies. Sara Howard comes to Princeton from her position as Reference Librarian for the Social Sciences at Wesleyan University, a position she has held since 2014. At Wesleyan, she was also the library’s liaison and selector for Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Sara is completing an MA in Liberal Studies with Concentration in Sociology and Women’s Studies from The City University of New York this December, and holds an MLIS, with Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials, also from CUNY.  Her BA in Sociology is from Mills College, Oakland, CA.

Sara is active in national professional library organizations and recently received an ACRL Travel Award to attend the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference in Los Angeles later in August.

At Princeton, Sara will be working closely with our general reference librarians to develop and provide reference and outreach services for patrons, and with the Firestone Reference Desk students and staff. She will select for and manage the Firestone Reference Collection and work with subject specialists to develop the general reference collection. Sara will also serve as subject specialist and selector for Gender and Sexuality Studies and as liaison to the Program for Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty and students, and participate in research consultation and bibliographic instruction. Her office and contact information will be announced later. We are eagerly looking forward to having Sara with us at Princeton.

GSS Certificate Student Naimah Hakim Receives 2016 Spirit of Princeton Award

Eight students have been named winners of the 2016 Spirit of Princeton Award, honoring Princeton University undergraduates for positive contributions to campus life. The award recognizes those who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the undergraduate experience through dedicated efforts in student organizations, athletics, community service, religious life, residential life and the arts.

Elizabeth Erickson Named Director for Disability Services

Elizabeth Erickson, who has worked in Princeton's Office of Disability Services (ODS) for nearly 10 years, has been named director for disability services at the University.

Herrera bridges Latinx culture and popular performance at Princeton

GSS Professor Brian Herrera featured on University Homepage for his work at the intersection of American performance studies and Latino studies.

Former GSS Director and Dean of the College Jill Dolan elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Jill Dolan, the former Director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and current Dean of the College has been elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Please see the full press release "American Academy of Arts and Sciences Elects 213 National and International Scholars, Artists, Philanthropists, and Business Leaders".

GSS Alum Keisha Blain Receives AAUW Fellowship

Dr. Keisha N. Blain, a GSS Alum, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Keisha will be hosted at the University of Pennsylvania during her fellowship. Congratulations, Keisha!

GSS Welcomes Two New Postdoctoral Research Associates

We are excited to announce that Catherine Clune-Taylor and Tala Khanmalek will be joining Princeton's Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies as Postdoctoral Research Associates.  I hope you will join me in welcoming Professors Clune-Taylor and Khanmalek to Princeton in Fall 2016!

Catherine Clune-Taylor

Catherine Clune-Taylor, Ph.D, recently defended her dissertation, From Intersex to DSD: A Foucauldian Analysis of the Science, Ethics and Politics of the Medical Production of Cisgendered Lives in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta. Her doctoral project begins by taking up the revised treatment model for intersex conditions introduced in 2006 – which controversially reclassified them as Disorders of Sex Development (DSDs) – and goes on to provide a critical Foucauldian analysis of the science, ethics, and (bio)politics underwriting medical efforts that aim at securing cisgendered futures specifically for children unable to provide informed consent. These include not only pediatric management strategies for intersexed children, but also certain efforts used to treat children diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria (GD) – specifically, so-called “conversion therapies”.

Clune-Taylor’s research interests lie in the fields of Philosophy of Sex, Gender and Sexuality, Feminist Theory, Bioethics, Philosophy of Science (with particular emphasis on Philosophy of Biology and of Medicine) and the work of Michel Foucault. She also has additional competencies/interests in Social and Political Philosophy and Philosophy of Race. In addition to a doctorate in philosophy, Clune-Taylor also holds a honors bachelor of medical science in immunology and microbiology, an honors bachelor of arts in philosophy and a master of arts in philosophy, all from the University of Western Ontario. She has been a member of the Canadian Philosophical Association’s Equity Committee since 2013, and served as a Graduate Assistant at the Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute (PIKSI) at the Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State in 2011. 

Tala Khanmalek 

Tala Khanmalek completed her PhD in the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her dissertation, Living Laboratories: Remapping the Legacy of Experiments in American Empire, traces the gendered racialization of U.S. empire’s colonial expansion from the mid-eighteenth to the mid-nineteenth century, as well as women of color feminist texts of the late-twentieth century that reframe these legacies for our present. In 2013, she founded the Politics of Biology and Race in the 21st Century Working Group, a first-time collaboration between scholars in UC Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department and School of Public Health. Additionally, Khanmalek has founded, directed, and participated in a wide range of community-based projects in the Bay Area including but not limited to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Body Politic Think Tank, the Niroga Institute's Integral Health Fellowship Program, and Womyn’s Circle. As the Executive Editor of nineteen sixty nine: an ethnic studies journal , Khanmalek published the Special Issue on "Healing Justice." She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Santa Cruz's Science and Justice Research Center for the 2014-2015 academic year.  

NOTCHES Publishes the Work of Students in GSS 337

Today NOTCHES: (re)marks on the history of sexuality <> will be publishing the work of the students in GSS 337: Reproductive Politics in the United States and Abroad Since 1945, taught by Gillian Frank, PhD, Visiting Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton.
This past semester students interviewed Mary Ziegler, author of After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate (Harvard 2015). The syllabus for Reproductive Politics in the United States and Abroad, introduced students to the histories of ideas and practices governing abortion, adoption, contraception, procreation, and parenting, and emphasized how each shifted over time and underpinned major social struggles in the United States and abroad. Students examined in detail the changing and conflicting ways that the state, medical experts, religious authorities, activists, and everyday people negotiated reproductive issues. In so doing, they developed a rich vocabulary to think about reproductive politics in a number of registers including the histories of race and ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, colonialism, and technology.
Three classes at the end of the semester were devoted to engaging with Ziegler’s study. Students prepared discussion questions in advance and each class began by identifying the main arguments and interventions of each chapter, connecting Ziegler’s book with broader course themes, and reflecting upon the possibilities and limitations of the book. Through these conversations, students generated questions collectively. They then devoted a significant portion of time to testing out their questions and working through the implications. At the end of each class, they discussed big picture questions, collectively speaking about where Ziegler fit in the syllabus, and thinking about how to frame her interventions. During the final class of the semester, students voted on which questions to send to Professor Ziegler. They then carefully edited their questions for clarity and accuracy. Knowing that Professor Ziegler would respond to them gave students’ reading additional purpose, sharpened their inquiries, and enlivened the discussion.
NOTCHES, an international and peer reviewed blog devoted to the history of sexuality, will publish this interview. With thousands of subscribers and readers, the great work of the students in GSS will be given a wide audience. 
Here's the link to the GSS 337 publication: