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Alyssa Bossenger
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2016 Cohort

Education: 
BA in Gender and Women's Studies from University of Rochester
MA in Communication and Culture from Indiana University

Biography:
Alyssa Bossenger is pursuing a dual PhD in Gender Studies and Communication and Culture. Her dissertation will use ethnographic methods to discover how adolescents learn about sex and develop sexual identities and practices, particularly in relationship to digital media. She is interested in the ways that adolescent sexuality serves as a flash point for inculcating and upholding intersecting systems of power such as race, gender, and class.

Areas of Interest:
sexuality, adolescence, normativity, whiteness, digital media, ethnography, queer theory

Lindsey Breitwieser
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2012 Cohort

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.

Sandra Carpenter
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2016 Cohort

Sandra Carpenter

Biography:
Sandra holds a BA in English/Creative Writing with a minor in WGS from Eastern Kentucky University (2012), a Graduate Certificate in WGS from the University of Louisville (2013), and an MA in WGS from the University of South Florida (2016). In her MA thesis, Sandra explored the ways in which Appalachian queer folks and women of color participate in Appalachian anti-racist feminism through an autoethnography of her own geographic and cultural movements throughout the region layered with textual analyses of queer personal narratives and Affrilachian Poetry. She continues to be invested in regional studies, postcolonial feminisms, and resistance movements in her doctoral studies at IUB.

Krystal Cleary
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2011 Cohort

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.

Jiling Duan
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2015 Cohort

 

Education:
Xiamen University, Xiamen, China (2010) M.A. Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China (2007) B.A. Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language and English Language/Literature

Areas of Interest:
As a feminist activist and a former editor and journalist, it is my long-term goal to promote gender equality in China through combining rigorous academic research on gender issues in China with advocating, mentoring, and facilitating Chinese feminist movements..  My work with the new media brought my attention to incessant negative labels attached to women like “left over women” and “green tea bitch”. However, there was a special label called “corruption combating mistresses”, referring to those mistresses who revealed to the general public their affairs with married government officials and, as an unintended consequence, they also brought to light those officials’ corruption record. Mistresses have long been stigmatized and condemned publicly in China. In an interesting twist, once they denounced the corrupted officials publicly, people began to call them “anti-corruption heroines”. This twist inspired me to explore how women and women’s body were used and disciplined through labels. Such labels, when put together, could reveal a variety of underlying gender norms and discriminations against women: How and why the drastic shift of mistresses’ image occurred? What are the social and cultural mechanisms behind the production of those labels? What are the roles that the state, globalization, and neoliberalism each play in it? In answering these broad questions, I plan to conduct a qualitative study to explore the sexist representation of women in China's media, and what the production mechanisms of negative labels attached to these women are. I situate these questions within the larger context of neoliberalism and globalization.  I intend to conduct ambitious research projects that bring theoretical sensitivities to gender studies in China and benefit Chinese feminist movements.

Sasha T. Goldberg
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2013 Cohort

Education:
BA 2005 New College of California (Humanities, Psychology)
MA 2009 The Graduate Theological Union (Judaism, Gender, Pastoral Care)

Areas of Interest:
Religion, Nationalism, Media, Masculinities, LGBT and Queer Studies, Lesbian Feminism.

Sasha T. Goldberg is a Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant in Gender Studies with a minor in American Studies. Her research centers butch women and female masculinities in a post-trans world; in particular, Goldberg examines and refuses the ways in which butch women are actively coded as historic, non-modern identities. Prior to being at Indiana University, Goldberg was a long-term community organizer for LGBT and Jewish organizations. Her work and inquiries stand upon traditions of solidarity, analysis, and persistence.

Courses Taught: G101 Gender, Culture, and Society

Daniela Gutirrez Lpez
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2014 Cohort

Education:
M.A. 2014 - Rutgers University, New Brunswick (Women's and Gender Studies)
B.A. 2012 - Universidad de los Andes, Bogot, Colombia (Literature)

Areas of Interest:
Daniela's MA thesis, titled "The Displays, Silences, and Aesthetic Possibilities of Museum Fashion's Gendered Geopolitics," inquired the gendered, racialized, and classed, neocolonial institutional performance of art museums, by studying fashion exhibitions in New York City (2013). During her doctoral program in Gender Studies at IU, she intends to continue her work on affect and post/neocolonial theories as tools for understanding the ways aesthetic practices, popular culture and mass market media represent/construct/organize/subvert individual and collective subjectivities.

Jessica Hille
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2013 Cohort


Jessica Hille

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

Biography:
Jessica's legal studies and activism focused on reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, and family law. In law school, she co-taught the seminar "Women and the Law" for undergraduates. Courses taught at IU include "Orgasm: The History and Politics of Female Pleasure," and "Educated Sex: The History, Politics, and Practice of Sex Education." She was awarded a John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology from the Kinsey Institute.

Areas of Interest:
Current research focuses on the relationships between sex education, pleasure, and sexual satisfaction.

Teresa Jackson
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2016 Cohort


Teresa Jackson

Education: 
B.A. 2016 - Knox College, Galesburg, IL (Gender & Women's Studies; Minor: Biology)

Biography:
Teresa L. Jackson is a Black queer woman native to the Chicagoland area. She received her Bachelor's of Arts degree from a small, Midwestern liberal arts college. While in college, she discovered her life's calling: the need to fight for the rights of Black queer folks. After conducting her second extensive research project as a McNair scholar, she decided to pursue a doctorate degree in Gender Studies. The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program helped her hone her research skills and boost her confidence in the hopes of earning the terminal degree in her chosen field of study.

Areas of Interest:
Black queer theory; Intimate partner violence (as experienced by queer folks of color); Public policy; Narratives of Mormon women's history

Betsy Jose
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2007 Cohort

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 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

Shahin KachwalaEducation:
B.A. 2001 – Mithibai College (English Literature)
M.A. 2003 – University of Mumbai (English Literature)
M.A. 2007 – University at Albany (Women's Studies & Africana Studies)

Shahin Kachwala is a Ph.D. candidate in Gender Studies with a minor in History. Her dissertation project, a work of gender and cultural history, examines the interwar period to furnish an account and analysis of the gendered role of violence during India’s nationalist struggle. More specifically, her work looks at the relationship between violence and Indian political thought, and asks questions about women’s political subjectivity particularly in reference to anti-colonial militancy.

Areas of Interest:
nationalisms, political violence, gender and colonialism, transnational feminisms, women’s history

Publications:
“The Body of the Nation? Female Suicide Bombers and Derivative Agency in Mani Ratnam’s Dil Se and Santosh Sivan’s The Terrorist,” Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures and Societies (2013), Vol. 4, No. 1: 201-232

Courses Taught:
G101: Gender, Culture, and Society (Fall 2014; Spring 2015; Summer 2015)

Selected Awards:
College Arts & Humanities Institute Research Award (2015)
Mellon Graduate Dissertation Research Fellowship, Indiana University (2012−2013)
College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award, Indiana University (December 2012)
Dhar India Studies Research Fellowship, Indiana University (Summer 2012)
Pre-Dissertation Travel Grant, Indiana University (Summer 2011)
College Graduate Fellowship, Indiana University (2010−2011)

For more information, please see: https://iub.academia.edu/ShahinKachwala

Lamont Loyd-Sims
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2013 Cohort

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, Los Angeles, 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

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. 

Kimberly Miller
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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.

Milo Rhodes
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2012 Cohort

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.

Ryan D'Auria-Rousseau
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2016 Cohort

Education: 
B.A. (2014) - The College of New Jersey (English Literature & Women's and Gender Studies)

Biography:
Ryan graduated cum laude from The College of New Jersey in 2014 with a B.A. in both English Literature and Women's & Gender Studies. He completed his senior thesis, a combination of qualitative research and ethnography, on queer youth homelessness entitled A Problem That Has No Home. He is a Taurus . . . not that he's into that kind of stuff.

Areas of Interest: 
Ryan's research interests combine queer and critical race theories, as well as sexuality studies, and their intersections with issues of public health and public policy. These issues include HIV/AIDS activism, access to health care, comprehensive immigration reform, and criminal justice reform.

Lauren Savit
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2015 Cohort

 

Education:
Simmons College (2014) M.A. Gender/Cultural Studies
Simmons College (2014) M.S. Communications Management
New York University (2008) B.A. Religious Studies and English & American Literature

Areas of Interest:
Lauren is interested in examining how gender, racial, and sexual identity is constructed through both hegemonic narratives and also disruptive counter-narratives. Her research includes analyzing cultural texts that are also sites of narrative construction, such as films, literature, and television, since these forces are often instrumental in defining and delineating cultural identities for mass audiences. She hopes to develop a theoretical framework for understanding how media is presently construed, how it interrogates the socio-historical context from which it emerged, and in particular how it might illuminate our understanding of socio-political markers of identity.

Jocelyne Scott
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2011 Cohort

Education: 
MA 2014 Indiana University (Gender Studies)
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


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 and consent.

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

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

 

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.

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Xavier M. Watson
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2014 Cohort

 

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

Areas of Interest:
Fat studies, particularly fat queer masculinities and art; visual and material culture; modern and contemporary art historiography; feminist art pedagogy and performance; gender, sexuality, and embodiment; critical craft studies; fiber arts and soft sculpture; museum studies; curatorial studies and practice; queer politics and aesthetics; texture, sensation, and affect.

Visit Xavier's academia.edu profile or xavierwatson.com to learn more about their research.