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is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary department that provides the unique opportunity to study culture and society from multiple intersecting perspectives that would not be possible within any single discipline. Our faculty use innovative interdisciplinary approaches derived from their research for explaining the complexities of gender relations that influence students’ own lives and structure every aspect of the world around them. We offer elective courses in the Gender Studies department as well as many courses cross-listed in other departments, providing our majors with the opportunity to select from a wide range of interdisciplinary and disciplinary offerings. Our students emerge from the program with a deeper knowledge of human behavior and social relations, the ability to conduct themselves effectively in diverse workplaces, and the skills and training for pursuing a wide range of careers.Read more...

SPOTLIGHTS

SPOTLIGHTS


Angela L. Robinson, a third-year doctoral student in Gender Studies, analyzes the affective relationship of colonialism and sovereignty in the Pacific Islands with special attention to the role of queer Indigenous performance.

Angela L. Robinson, a third-year doctoral student in Gender Studies, analyzes the affective relationship of colonialism and sovereignty in the Pacific Islands with special attention to the role of queer Indigenous performance.Drawing upon work from Indigenous feminist scholars, such as Mishuana Goeman, Dian Million, and Teresia Teaiwa, her project locates the production of national settler affect in Hawai'i and New Zealand and extends the materiality of archival evidence to the affective structures of colonial governance that respond to Indigenous movements for self-determination in the Pacific Islands. To rethink the common sense of the nation-state, Angela examines Indigenous performance and ritual as critical sites of intervention that offer potentially radical visions of Indigenous futurity and survivance.

Professor Sarah Haley receives 2014-15 Career Enhancent Fellowship for Junior Faculty from Woodrow Wilson Foundation

Professor Sarah Haley receives 2014-15 Career Enhancent Fellowship for Junior Faculty from Woodrow Wilson FoundationProfessor Sarah Haley has been awarded a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation for 2014-15. She will use this fellowship to complete her booklength project entitled Engendering Captivity: Black Women and Convict Labor After the Civil War. Engendering Captivity is an interdisciplinary history of African American women’s experiences of punishment in the U.S. South during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This study examines patterns of arrest and incarceration, labor exploitation, and vulnerability to specific practices of gendered racial terror. This project also illuminates black women’s practices of resistance, including epistemological challenges to carceral logics and industrial sabotage strategies. Drawing upon black feminist theory in addition to social history methodologies, Engendering Captivity argues that the convict labor regime was a technology of racialized gendering and ungendering, which was central to the social, political, and economic development of Jim Crow modernity.

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Angela Y. Davis, will be joining the Gender Studies department in Spring 2014 as a Regents’ Lecturer

Distinguished Professor Emerita, Angela Y. Davis, will be joining the Gender Studies department in Spring 2014 as a Regents’ LecturerDistinguished Professor Emerita, Angela Y. Davis, will be joining the Gender Studies department in Spring 2014 as a Regents’ Lecturer. Forty-five years ago at the youthful age of 25, she taught her first class at UCLA to an overflowing audience of 2,000 in Royce hall. On May 8th, she will return to Royce Hall to deliver a Regents’ Lecture entitled “Feminism and Abolition: Extending the Dialogue.”

Professor Sandra Harding, recipient of the 2013 John Desmond Bernal Prize

Professor Sandra Harding, recipient of the 2013 John Desmond Bernal PrizeThe Department of Gender Studies congratulates Professor Sandra Harding, recipient of the 2013 John Desmond Bernal Prize, awarded annually to a individual judged to have made a distinguished contribution to the field of Social Studies of Science. Sandra received the award on October 11th at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) in San Diego. This is the top prize in the field. Previous recipients of the prize include Adele Clarke, Evelyn Fox Keller, Donna Haraway, Thomas Kuhn, Robert Merton, Joseph Needham and Mary Douglas.

Maylei Blackwell and Mishuana Goeman IAC-Dream Fund Faculty Work Group and Visiting Scholar Initiative Award Winners

Maylei Blackwell and Mishuana Goeman IAC-Dream Fund Faculty Work Group and Visiting Scholar Initiative Award WinnersTheir proposed project, titled “Indigenous Los Angeles at the Intersections,” will examine the complexity of indigeneity in what is arguably the largest indigenous population of any city in the US. Indigenous LA spans multi-racial contexts of the city and its environs and reveals cultures often hidden or obscured within more visible cultures.

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