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:

Former Meredith Miller Lecturer, Judith Kaye, Passes Away at 77

Judith S. Kaye, the first woman named to the highest court in New York and the first to serve as the state’s chief judge — a job she held longer than any of her 21 male predecessors — died on Thursday at her home in Manhattan. She was 77. Judith was the 2010 Meredith Miller Lecturer.

GSS 397: Feminist Media Studies presented a symposium entitled “#feminism”

Media Contact: Melissa Deem, Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University,
**Symposium on gender and public discourse held at Princeton**
A symposium on gender and public discourse, “#feminism,” was held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, in McCormick Hall, Room 101, at Princeton University.
The symposium, sponsored by the University’s Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, was free and open to the public. A discussion and reception followed the event.
The symposium was presented as part of a gender and sexuality studies course, “Feminist Media Studies/Media Representations of Feminism,” taught by Melissa Deem, associate research scholar and lecturer in the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students in the course consider discourses of feminism that are not usually put in direct conversation. In a choice-driven world, the course asks how the media defines and enforces boundaries for what gendered people can say, do and be.
Students have explored the ways in which cultural conceptions of gender emerge and how they function to enable and restrain the public voices of those not necessarily positioned in traditionally privileged ways.
Along with participating in the symposium, students are contributing to the “feministvoices” blog. The course will be taught again next academic year and will continue with developing these and other venues for creating authoritative feminist discourse by students.  Each semester the students not only choose their own topic, but also collaboratively develop the theme of the symposium.
For the symposium, students chose topics that they feel passionately about and developed in-depth studies of the media discourses that circulate about that topic. In doing so, the students were able to make original and innovative interventions in a complex media environment that too often trivializes, silences or ridicules feminist and non-normative voices.
“Feminist studies of media are a rich and varied field of inquiry, while feminism itself is a recurring object of media fascination,” Deem said. “Feminist arguments often become public spectacles where the media simultaneously leers at and dismisses feminist speech. In the process, these spectacularly public representations of feminism reduce the multiplicity of feminist positions and voices.” 
She continued: “In order to critically engage the contemporary mediascape, students situate public feminisms through public sphere and feminist democratic scholarship. In this manner, we can learn how those traversed by gender, sexuality, race, class, ability and nationality, among others, can create positions from which to speak in manners that might authorize their speech and citizenship in a marginalizing public sphere.”
The symposium topics and speakers included: 
“Who Has to Carry That Weight? Social and Media Responses to Campus Rape”
Kelsey Blair, 2016, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
“From Coat Hangers to Baby-killers: Affect, Pathos and Abortion Politics”
Erin Valentine, 2016, Sociology
 “Faking It ’til She Makes It: Hillary Clinton’s Authenticity”
Andra Turner, 2019, Politics
“All the Lonely People: Singledom and Alternative Adulthoods”
Sarah Reeves, 2017, Gender and Sexuality Studies
“Breaking the #bornthisway Binary: ‘Acceptable’ Identities and the Othering of Non-Normative Queers”
Rebekah Shoemake, 2017, English
“This is My House: Jennicet Gutierrez and the Shaming of Undocumented Queers”
Yoselin Gramajo, 2016, Sociology


GSS Office Closed December 24th - January 1st, reopening January 4th.

The GSS Office will be closed from Thursday, December 24th through Friday, January 1st. The office will reopen on Monday, January 4th.

New GSS Professor Anne McClintock Approved by the Board of Trustees

Anne McClintock, in gender and sexuality studies, will join the faculty in summer 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and where she has been the Simone de Beauvoir Professor for the past nine years.