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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

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.

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 Goldberg 
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2013 Cohort


 

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.

Jessica Hille 
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2013 Cohort


 

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.

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 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 – 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

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. 

Adan Martinez
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2015 Cohort

 

 

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.

Erick A. Paulino 
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2014 Cohort


 

 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.

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.

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


 

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

 

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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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

 

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. He completed a BA in Gender and Women’s Studies and a minor in Political Science at the University of Kentucky (2014).

Areas of Interest:
Fat studies, particularly fat queer masculinities and art; queer theory; feminist art history; object-oriented studies; sexuality; curatorial studies and practice; feminist new materialisms; material culture studies; textures, materials, sensations, and affect.

See more information about Xavier's research on academia.edu.