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WST 392: Race & Disability in Contemporary Culture
This course critically examines the entanglements of race and disability in present-day culture and society. Students will attend closely to race and disability, both as categories of identity and “tropes of human disqualification,” paying especial attention to the way disability operates in the production of Black, Latinx, and Asian American identities and communities. The class will draw on works from a variety of genres and disciplines, including literature, film, television, graphic narrative, and cultural criticism, to explore the role of representation in the imagining of racial otherness and embodied difference. Key works we will consider include: Arturo Islas’ The Rain God; Ramy Youssef’s Ramy; Jaime Cortez’s Sexile; Sami Shalk’s Bodyminds Reimagined; Patrick Devlieger‘s The Disabling Bullet; David Eng's Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation; and Caleb Luna’s “On Being Fat, Brown, Femme, Ugly, and Unlovable.”
News and Announcements
PhD Student, Val Moyer , has received a Guiliano Global Fellowship from Stony Brook to support her travel to the Olympic Studies Centre in Switzerland where she will do ethnographic and archival work for a dissertation chapter on "Regulating Hormones in International Women's Track and Field." Congrats, Val!
Congratulations to PhD student, Shruti Mukherjee , on her recent collaborative work, "Geographies of Occupation in South Asia." South Asian feminists rethinking nation-states through the lens of occupation.
We have decided to no longer require GREs as part of the application for the PhD & MA programs in WGSS. There is much evidence that GREs are not good predictors of academic success. We join a growing number of programs eliminating the GREs. #GRExit
WGSS faculty member Cristina Khan publishes: Constructring Eroticized Latinidad: Negotiating Profitability in the Stripping Industry in Gender & Society.
Rachel Corbman's dissertation, "Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-89," was selected as a finalist for the ASA's Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize! Congrats, Rachel!
WGSS welcomes its newest faculty member, Dr. Cristina Khan! Cristina received her PhD in Sociology with a graduate certificate in Feminist Studies from the University of Connecticut in 2019. Her research and teaching interests include: feminist methodologies, sexualities, race/ethnic studies, body/embodiment, Latina/o/x studies, qualitative methods, sex work, and women of color feminisms. Get to know Cristina by reading more here!
Professor Lisa Diedrich is awarded the 2019 Outstanding Provost's Mentor Award. Congratulations, Lisa!
WGSS celebrates its very first PhD gradute, Rachel Corbman! Rachel successfully defended her thesis, "Conferencing on the Edge: A Queer History of Feminist Field Formation, 1969-1989" and accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University - congrats, Rachel!
The department offers a Bachelor of Arts, Minor, and Combined Undergraduate Degree with a Master in Public Health (MPH).
Undergraduate Degree (BA)
Combined Undergraduate Degree (BA/MPH)
The department offers a PhD and MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as a Graduate Certificate. *GREs No Longer Required!*