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Jennifer C. Nash, who has just joined the department as the new Jean Fox O’Barr Chair of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, has been selected to deliver a prestigious Langford Lecture this year. Named after former Provost and Divinity School Dean Thomas Langford, the lectureship was established in 2000 to honor Langford’s commitment to the highest university values of scholarship, teaching, collegiality, and promotion of faculty excellence and community.  Each year, the Langford Lectureship series afford Duke faculty… read more about GSF's Jennifer Nash to deliver Langford Lecture »

Florence Howe, a key architect of the women’s studies movement and a founder of the Feminist Press, a literary nonprofit dedicated to promoting social justice and amplifying overlooked voices, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 91. The Feminist Press confirmed her death in a statement. Ms. Howe, who lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, had been in hospice care with Parkinson’s disease, which was diagnosed in 2017. When Ms. Howe began teaching in colleges and universities in the 1950s, women’s studies was not an… read more about Florence Howe, 'Mother of Women's Studies,' Dies at 91 »

Feminism has never been more widely proclaimed than it is now. But there is no consensus within the movement about what that means or how to move forward. Are these conflicts getting in the way of progress — or paving the way for growth? This CBSN Originals documentary explores the internal culture wars and the greatest obstacles facing the feminist movement today. read more about GSF Jennifer Nash speaking on CBS News Originals "Speaking Frankly | Feminism" »

Contact tracing is a medical practice designated by public health experts to monitor and contain the spread of infectious diseases. In the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been employed both regionally and globally, both traditionally by human tracer and newly by digital mobile applications. With its wide use, debates around contact tracing are also emerging. To what extent could contact tracing be effective? How is contact tracing concerned with control, privacy, and market? For a caring future, where and what are possibilities?… read more about Contact Tracing Between Control and Care »

Revaluing Care in the Times of Covid-19 Series On July 18, Jessica Covil moderated a panel over Zoom called “Defunding the Police: Confronting Anti-Blackness, Centering the Margins.” This seminar gathered to discuss the role of anti-blackness in the U.S. policing system, and the need to protect society’s most marginalized populations by defunding the police as a form of redistributive justice and communal care. When Covil began organizing this panel with the help of fellow graduate students Tania Rispoli and Yanping Ni,… read more about Defunding the Police »

The Duke Technology Scholars community is broad, strong, resilient—and growing every year New city, familiar community  Alanna Robinson was moving to Seattle in just ten days to start a full-time job as a software engineer at Zulily, but she still didn’t have a place to live, she confessed to Maddie Nelson and Robin Lorenzini, two fellow Duke alumnae, on a recent Zoom call. Lorenzini piped up immediately. “I know of a room in Capitol Hill,” she said. “I can get an air mattress over there tonight… read more about Building a Network to Last »

Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Distinguished Professor of English, was interviewed for a WalletHub article about how to close the gender pay gap, what policies will have the most impact and how to increase female representation in leadership at large companies. read more about 2020’s Best & Worst States for Women’s Equality »

In fields where collaboration is rare, project teams provide opportunities to work with others towards a common goal, develop transferable skills and make connections with people outside of your department. read more about Reflections from GSF Certificate graduate, Liz Crisenbery as Bass Connections Project Manager »

Gabriel Rosenberg, associate professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, discusses the important role fast food chains could play in transforming the food system. Read… read more about Burgers Won't Save the Planet—but Fast Food Might »

For many, the past decade has created new awareness of gender and sexual politics. North Carolina’s HB2 was just one of the many flashpoints that spurred a movement. And it wasn’t just happening in this… read more about New Major Offers Global Perspective on Gender »

Gabriel N. Rosenberg's latest article, in the publication Wired. Fast food joints are cheap, convenient, and widely available. And if they swapped out beef for alternative proteins, they could transform the food system.   ONE DAY, WE’LL tell our grandkids about the Great Burger Wars. Scientists dueling social conservatives, foodies brawling with tech entrepreneurs, vegans sniping at vegans—burgers are a window on the charged politics of climate change. And low-methane cows, Impossible Whoppers, and… read more about Burgers Won't Save the Planet-but Fast Food Might »

Our courses challenge students to think critically about questions surrounding gender, sexuality and issues impacting women. And for Fall 2020, we will feature a broad range of courses focusing on topics such as women in the political process and at work, LGBTQ issues and sexuality nature vs. nurture debates, race and transnational feminism, and more. Below are just a sampling of our offerings for this fall. Selected Spotlighted Courses GSF 199S.01: Thinking Gender Kathi Weeks… read more about Spotlighted Fall 2020 Classes »

GSF Alumni. Anna Homayoun, updated her Washington Post article from July 21st to be seen in The Spokesman-Review Aug. 2nd edition. Recent incidents of police violence and protests highlighting systemic racism, social inequality and police brutality have caused many teens – and adults – already overwhelmed by the continuing pandemic to feel increasingly anxious and concerned. The past few months have been exhausting for so many of us. It can be easy for young people navigating so many layers of uncertainty to feel… read more about 5 ways to help teens feel seen and heard in an uncertain time »

Revaluing Care in the Times of Covid-19 Series In addition to changing how we interact with each other, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the flaws in the United States childcare system. As daycares are forced to close and waves of layoffs in women-dominated fields continue, the funding problem within the childcare system has turned into a full-blown crisis. With reopening plans rolling out slowly in the next months, childcare providers are still in left limbo and many moms are still burdened with the primary care… read more about The COVID-19 Childcare Crisis »

Zadaiah Roye is a Duke Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Major and Duke Stanback Fellow at the Population Institute, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. that supports reproductive health and rights The U.S. Supreme Court decision on Monday to strike down a restrictive Louisiana abortion law in June Medical Services v. Russo is a major win for reproductive rights in the United States. If the law had been upheld, it would have severely diminished access to abortion services in Louisiana and… read more about Opinion: Why Black American women literally cannot breathe »

“I Have Ambition”: Muhammad Ramadan's Proletarian Masculinities in Postrevolution Egyptian Cinema  Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, Associate Professor Frances Hasso's latest article published by Cambridge University Press, via the Cambridge Core platform, International Journal of Middle East Studies on policing, masculinity, class and Egyptian film. Click here for full article. read more about Frances Hasso's latest article published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Cambridge Core »

The faculty and staff of the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program are outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery, alongside countless other victims of anti-black police and vigilante violence. We stand in solidarity with those who protest anti-black violence, systemic racism, and white supremacy, and who gather together to demand freedom, justice, and self-determination for all peoples. We condemn the violent and lawless response of the police to those protestors. … read more about GSF Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter »

There has been a dramatic shift in the public’s perception of care workers as a result of the coronavirus crisis, with most people believing they should be better paid and better valued, according to a survey. The poll, which was published on Tuesday by the gender equality campaigning charity the Fawcett Society, found 65% of respondents supported an increase in income tax to fund a pay rise for care workers, a figure that rose to 68% among Conservative voters polled. Sam Smethers, the charity’s chief executive, said: “… read more about Care Workers Should Be Better Paid and Valued after Covid-19-poll »

We are delighted to celebrate the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies majors, minors and graduate students who have completed their studies this year. Department Chair Jocelyn Olcott shared the following message with 2020 graduates.   Our Majors Saumya Sao Second Major in Global Health Senior Story During my sophomore fall semester at Duke, kind of on a whim, I took my first Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies class. A few… read more about We're Proud of You GSF Graduates! »

Congratulations to our Graduating Honors Thesis Students: Amelia Windemuth GSF First Major (Second Major: Global Health) Thesis Title: Fetuses for Likes: An Analysis of the Contemporary Uses of Fetal Imagery by American Anti-Choice Extremists Online Abstract: This thesis engages critically with the historical and contemporary uses of fetal imagery to explore how it has been leveraged by American anti-choice extremists on social media to promote notions of fetal personhood. I develop an… read more about Congratulations to our Honors Thesis Senior Graduates! »

Congratulations to the following student award winners from Duke University units in 2020.   African & African American Studies   John Hope Franklin Award for Academic Excellence: Elizabeth DuBard Grantland Karla FC Holloway Award for University Service: Beza Gebremariam Mary McLeod Bethune Writing Award: Jenna Clayborn Walter C. Burford Award for Community Service: Kayla Lynn Corredera-Wells   Art, Art History & Visual Studies        Mary Duke… read more about Student Honors and Laurels for 2020 »

Jocelyn Olcott’s international, interdisciplinary research focuses on caregivers – those low-wage workers who are responsible for our children, our elderly, and as the phrase suggests, taking care of us. Olcott is a professor of history and the director of the Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies… read more about Historian Jocelyn Olcott: Assessing the Value of Caregivers During a Pandemic »

Cole Rizki, who recently earned his Ph.D. in literature, has been selected for a William J. Griffith University Service Award for his leadership and advocacy on LGBTQ issues. The Griffith Award is presented annually to a select number of graduating students whose service and contributions to the Duke and larger communities have significantly influenced University life. Recipients are recognized for effective university, communal, and global citizenship. Rizki will be an assistant professor of Latin American Studies at the… read more about Duke Honors Cole Rizki Literature Ph.D. and GSF Feminist Studies Certificate Graduate for LGBTQ Advocacy »

Jacqueline Mercier Allain is a PhD candidate in the Department of History and Program in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University, has published an article titled, "‘They are Quiet Women Now’: Hair cropping, British Imperial Governance, and the Gendered Body in the Archive". Blurb: The punishment of hair-cropping for use on female prisoners was the subject of considerable disagreement in the British Caribbean during the post-emancipation era. The robust debate over hair cropping furnishes a lens through… read more about Jacqueline Allain, PhD Candidate and GSF Certificate Student, Publishes Article »

Gabriel Rosenberg, associate professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, makes a historical argument for why the U.S. needs policies that encourage people to stay home. Read more at the… read more about The Government Must Pay People to Stay Home »

Bold thinking is an essential part of Duke’s approach to scholarship, and three ongoing projects show the unexpected results. Adriane Lentz-Smith, Gabriel Rosenberg,… read more about The Police State, Livestock Breeding and Web 2.0: Research by 3 Duke Professors »

Duke University has awarded distinguished professorships to 29 faculty members from eight Duke colleges and schools. While the annual University Distinguished Professors dinner will be postponed until social gathering restrictions are lifted, Provost Sally Kornbluth is ready to congratulate this year’s recipients now. “I am thrilled to honor this wonderful cohort of scholars, teachers, and members of the Duke community,” Kornbluth said. “Becoming a distinguished professor at Duke is a great achievement, and one that is… read more about Duke Awards 29 University Distinguished Professorships »

Congratulations to Professor Gabriel Rosenberg for his accomplishment as the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Robert B. Cox Awardee for Undergraduate Teaching!  From colleagues: “Exceptionally thorough and conscientious in his preparation, Professor Rosenberg is excellent at facilitating discussion. I can see what students mean when they praise his balance of discussion and lecture. He brings a playful spirit to the class and clearly has fun, but at the same time he manages skillfully to introduce… read more about Professor Gabriel Rosenberg Awarded the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences Robert B. Cox Award for Undergraduate Teaching »

This year’s Queer Theory Lecture in Honor of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick hosted Professor Juana María Rodríguez, whose lecture “Biopolitic, Portraiture, and the Poetics of Puta Life” comes from a chapter of her forthcoming book project entitled Puta Life: Seeing Latina, Working Sex. This work focuses on how individuals look at, and linger on, images. The chapter she presented analyzes how nineteenth century Mexican state authorities used photography as a way to document and categorize mujeres publicas (sex-… read more about Annual Queer Theory Lecture “Biopolitic, Portraiture, and the Poetics of Puta Life” »

The upcoming Afro-Feminist Performance Routes symposium and the Collegium for African Diasporic Dance highlight the contributions of Black dance, allowing artists, dancers, students, faculty, and the wider Durham community to share in critical inquiry and inspiration. Rujeko Dumbutshena is a dancer… read more about Two Events Making Duke the Center of Black Dance »