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Two Duke alumni and one graduating senior have been awarded the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship for graduate study at Stanford University. Maya Sheth, class of 2020, Anjali Gupta, class of 2022, and Duke graduating senior Sydney Hunt have each received up to three years of financial support at Stanford. Sheth, Gupta and Hunt are members of the sixth Knight-Hennessy cohort and are among the 10 Duke students who have received the scholarship since the program welcomed its first class in 2018.   Maya Sheth, from Cincinnati,… read more about Two Alumni, One Senior Receive Scholarship for Graduate Study at Stanford »

Danica Schwartz, a Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies major and graduate, has one major complaint about her time with GSF: that she couldn’t take even more courses in the department.   “GSF has always been incredibly welcoming and supportive, yet has never hesitated to challenge me and make me think (and rethink) incredibly deeply,” said Schwartz.  “I've loved the diverse and intersectional schools of thought/feminist theory that I've been able to engage with and learn throughout my time in the department and feel… read more about Class of 2023: GSF Major Credits Department for Shaping her Worldview and Preparing her for a Career in Reproductive Health »

Senior Gabrielle Butler has wise advice for incoming Duke students: Challenge yourself to try something new and stick with it. “First-years and incoming students tend to try and find the ‘best fit,’ i.e., where they feel most comfortable,” said Butler. “In a lot of ways that's great, but change happens when we're being challenged, and the risk of taking that challenge ends up with many rewards.” Butler is a double major in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies (GSF) and Evolutionary Anthropology with a minor in… read more about Class of 2023: From Rowing to Research: How Gabrielle Butler Learned to Embrace Challenges at Duke »

Meat holds a special place in our national mythology, conjuring the frontier, the cowboy, and the ranch; real Americans eat red meat, and real American men grill it. Red meat is so central to this mythos that (imagined) threats to it are sometimes construed as totalitarian threats to fundamental liberty. And while it’s true that vegans and vegetarians tend to skew left and Democrats tend to claim to want to reduce meat consumption more than Republicans, the raw fact is that at least 90 percent of Americans eat meat and two-… read more about Gabriel Rosenberg explains "Why Right-Wingers Are So Afraid of Men Eating Vegetables" »

The story of a California girl and her goat named Cedar, which captured national and international headlines this past week, almost reads like it could have been penned by a Hollywood screenwriter. The tale of a child battling cruel adults for the life of a beloved animal companion has been the plot of everything from a classic children’s story (Charlotte’s Web), sci-fi film (2017’s Okja), and even an episode of The Simpsons (“Apocalypse Cow”). The tale begins in the experience of millions of… read more about Gabriel Rosenberg: The viral story of a girl and her goat explains how the meat industry indoctrinates children »

The GSF Courses for Fall 2023 are Black Feminism and Fashion; First Year Seminar: Gender and Science; Representing Breast Cancer; Politics of Motherhood: Security Mothers, Soccer Moms, Movement Moms, and Beyond; Feminist Ethics; Race, Gender, and Sexuality; Bell Hooks; Intimacies: Sexuality, Nation, and the State; Thinking Gender: An Introduction to Feminist Theory; Sex/Gender - Nature/Nurture: Intersections of Biology and Society; Money, Sex and Power; Introduction to Digital Feminism… read more about Duke GSF Fall 2023 Courses »

Jennifer Nash, Jean Fox O'Barr Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, minces no words summing up how care as a product is viewed in the United States.   “I think care isn’t valued because it's women's work. Anything that women do is devalued.”   From birth to death, everyone receives care at some point in their life. And the “care economy” is the economic activity generated by the provision of care services like childcare, elder care and health care. This includes both paid and unpaid work and can involve… read more about Vital but Invisible: How Women Drive the Care Economy in the United States  »

Editor's Note: April 19, 2023 Since this article was first published on March 6, 2023, Engelstein has been selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2023-2024 for Germany. Fulbright Scholar Awards are prestigious and competitive fellowships that provide unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad. She has also been named to this year's cohort of Guggenheim Fellows, which recognizes exceptional mid-career scholars and artists working in any field of knowledge or… read more about NEH Fellowship Supports Engelstein’s Research on the Formation of Language and Ideas About Sex »

On Friday, February 10th, the department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies hosted the hybrid event “Visual arts in and on Afghanistan: political violence, war and the question of futurity” led by Dr Paniz Musawi Natanzi. The panel of speakers was comprised of scholars and artists from across four different time zones, meeting to discuss manifestations of imperialism and visual archives in the past and present of Afghanistan. The panelists included scholars Dr Anila Daulatzai (Department of Anthropology, University… read more about GSF postdoc Paniz Musawi Natanzi hosts a webinar on visual arts in and on Afghanistan »

Professor Hasso was declared the winner of this year's Best Book Award by the Interdisciplinary Studies Section (IDSS) of the International Studies Association for her monograph 'Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction, and Death in Modern Palestine' (Cambridge University Press, 2022). Through its book award prize, IDSS recognizes original works that are outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary studies. The book 'Buried in the Red Dirt' tells a story of life, death, reproduction and missing… read more about GSF Professor Frances S. Hasso wins IDSS Book Award 2023 »

Dr. Storti published a review of Guilty Party, an exhibit curated by Justin Hoover at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, in the journal Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (2022).  Guilty Party, a convergence of folk mysticism, cultural tradition, digital technology, and social media, features works by queer Asian American and Pacific Islander artists Chanel Matsunami Govreau, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, Mail Order Brides (… read more about GSF Faculty Anna Storti publishes a review article on the exhibit 'Guilty Party' »

On the 30th of November 2022, Duke’s Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies, in collaboration with the Franklin Humanities Institute and the History Department, convened the ‘Feminist Theory and Imperialism Conference’ as part of this year’s Annual Research Theme. The conference, organized by professors Frances Hasso (GSF, History and Sociology) and Anna Krylova (History, GSF), concluded the fall ‘Feminist Theory and Imperialism’ doctoral/postdoctoral/faculty seminar (GSF 960S) designed and taught by them. The… read more about Feminist Theory and Imperialism Conference »

Duke GSF Studies Graduate Certificate student, Joe Hiller (PhD Candidate in the Department of Cultural Anthropology) was awarded the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Award for the 2022-2023 academic year. This award provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad and contribute to the development and improvement of the study of modern foreign languages. It will allow him to conduct nine… read more about GSF Certificate Student Joe Hiller receives Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Award »

This past summer, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies minor Ila Amiri got chance to be in the room where it happens. She was there as a part of the Victory Congressional Internship, which aims to introduce LGBTQ+ undergraduates to public policy and prepare them to be the next generation of leaders. Amiri spent eight weeks in Washington, D.C., networking, learning how to craft legislation and narrowing down what she wants out of her own postgraduate experience. The fourth year student learned about the opportunity… read more about GSF Minor Gains Valuable Experience in Washington, D.C.  »

As the youngest of five children, it’s safe to say that Dawn Staley grew up in a competitive environment. The three-time Olympic gold medalist, WNBA player and current head coach of the University of South Carolina women’s basketball team was raised in the north Philadelphia projects and has brought that competitiveness to everything she’s been a part of. With Staley at the helm of the program, the Gamecocks have won five SEC regular season championships, six SEC tournament titles, three Final Fours, two NCAA National… read more about Dawn Staley on Race, Equality and Advocating for Change »

Throughout the 2022 calendar year, Dr. Anna Storti, Assistant Professor of GSF, and Dr. Yun Emily Wang, Assistant Professor of Music, convened Minor Aesthetics, a working group sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute. In the spring, the working group held three workshops, where graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and invited artists were in conversation about their respective scholarly and creative practices. In the fall, and with generous support from the FHI, the Duke Endowment, GSF, Music, and AADS,… read more about “Minor Aesthetics: Queer, Asian, Diasporic”  »

    First Year Seminar:  Feminist Feelings GSF 89S.01      MW 10:15AM-11:30AM   Kathi Weeks Anger and rage, fear and shame, love and lust, joy and happiness: gender, race, class, and sexuality matter for how each of these feelings is experienced by individuals and received by others.  Turning on its head the Western historical tradition that has casts women and feminine people as more emotional, this class explores what contemporary feminist thinkers have to say… read more about GSF Studies Spring 2023 Courses »

Dear community,   I feel tremendously lucky to have the opportunity to serve as the Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies.  It is a chance to champion the work of my amazing colleagues, and to foster intellectual community at Duke and beyond. I owe a debt of gratitude to Jocelyn Olcott who served tirelessly as Director for three years, and from whom I learned an immense amount about leadership, intellectual vision, and feminist community.   I invite you to click on the links below to learn… read more about Message from our new Director, Professor Jen Nash! »

Introducing Chaunesti Webb, the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist (GSF) Studies department postdoctoral associate for the year 2022-23. Self-described “artist-scholar-educator” Chaunesti has come back home. After earning her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, she has returned to Durham, where she was born and raised. Chaunesti credits her beloved family, community, and city for shaping her into the artist and scholar she is today. Coming from a family that supported her interest in the arts, she fell… read more about Welcome GSF Postdoc Chaunesti Webb »

The Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies department is excited to welcome Paniz Musawi Natanzi as a 2022–2023 postdoctoral associate in the theme-year of Feminist Theory and Imperialism. As a Literature PhD student completing certificates in both Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and Middle East Studies, I am grateful to have had a chance to sit down with Paniz over coffee, as many of her research interests converge along similar lines as my own. As we chatted about how we negotiate our relationships to disciplines… read more about Introducing GSF Postdoc Paniz Musawi Natanzi »

I am a second-generation learner who grew up in a small fishing town in Kerala, in the southern tip of India. I hold a master’s degree in English Language and Literature and am currently a Ph.D. student at the Centre for Culture Studies, University of Kerala. For my dissertation, I study the regional politics of women’s sartorial reformation and the sartorial grammars of vernacular modernity, modesty, and gendered citizenship in early nineteenth-century Travancore, an erstwhile kingdom of Kerala. My academic interest in… read more about Meet GSF visiting Fulbright-Nehru Doctoral Research Fellow Arya Alvernas »

The recent death of a young Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, while in the custody of Iranian authorities has sparked a massive wave of protests – both online and in the streets. There are echoes of the past in this new wave of protests along with a very clear demand for freedom and bodily autonomy, three Duke scholars said Thursday in a virtual media briefing. (Watch the briefing on YouTube.) Here are excerpts:   ON IMPETUS FOR IRAN PROTESTS Negar Mottahedeh, Middle Eastern Studies scholar “There’s 40… read more about Protests Grow More Frequent As Young Iranians Demand More Freedoms, Experts Say »

It only takes a few minutes with Nikki Lane, Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies’ newest assistant professor, to get clear why the department was eager to welcome her. Her research is provocative, she teaches a class called “Hot Girl Meg” and, as if the topic alone isn’t captivating, Lane commands an audience when she speaks. She is as comfortable citing Kimberlé Crenshaw as she is Salt-N-Pepa lyrics, effortlessly mixing her research interests in linguistics, cultural anthropology, and the role of race, sexuality and… read more about Meet the Professor Bringing Rap Into Gender Studies and the Classroom Onto Instagram »