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Visiting Faculty

Joselyn Leimbach

Joselyn K. Leimbach
Visiting Lecturer

Research Interests: Research Interests: Popular Culture and Representation, Feminist and Queer Theory, Lesbian Studies, Critical Race Theory, Identity and Community Queer Aesthetics, Queer of Color Critiques

Jeanne Vaccaro, 2014-2015 Postdoc in Gender Studies

Jeanne Vaccaro
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests: Gender and sexuality studies, visual culture and aesthetics, feminist science studies, transgender theory and politics, and queer archives and method.

Joselyn K. Leimbach

Joselyn K. Leimbach received her Ph.D. in Gender Studies with an emphasis in Cultural Representations and Media Practices from Indiana University Bloomington in 2014. Her research explores the effects of race and ethnicity on media representations of lesbians, analyzing the tensions between neoliberal rhetorics and queer of color critiques as they impact community and identity formation, complicate simplistic success/failure conventions, and affect temporal and spatial logics. She has published work on the celebrity personae of Rachael Maddow and Suze Orman in In the Limelight and Under the Microscope: Forms and Function of Female Celebrity (Continuum 2011) and has a forthcoming article on Ellen DeGeneres, co-authored with Brenda R. Weber, in Hysterical! Women in American Comedy (University of Texas Press). Her book project traces the effects of the U.S. marriage debate on depictions of romantic success in lesbian films, arguing for the proliferation of alternative romantic trajectories often presented as failure, even as the definition of success is increasingly limited.

Jeanne Vaccaro

Jeanne Vaccaro received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology at Smith College. Her areas of research and teaching are: gender and sexuality studies, visual culture and aesthetics, feminist science studies, transgender theory and politics, and queer archives and method.

Jeanne is completing a book manuscript about the sensory and “handcrafted” labor of transgender identities. Handmade: the Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment thinks at the intersection of transgender, craft, and affect theory, and examines the fibrous and fleshy modes of bodily capacity in close readings of knitting, soft sculpture, visual culture, dance, and performance art.

She is the editor of “The Transbiological Body,” a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory bridging transgender and science studies. Her scholarly writing has also been published in The Transgender Studies Reader II, TSQ, Radical History Review, GLQ, Social Text, and The Journal of Modern Craft.

Previously Jeanne held the 2012-14 Mellon postdoctoral fellowship in Sexuality Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. There she taught graduate seminars in transgender theory and feminist methods, curated “TransOcular: visions in transgender art, media & politics,” and co-organized a symposium on Queer Method.

Jeanne is a longtime volunteer with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, working as part of the Movement Building Team and on the host committee for the art auction Small Works for Big Change. She is a co-founder of the NYC Trans Oral History Collective, a community-led oral history project that centers those most marginalized within existing accounts of LGBT history.