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GSF Professor Gabe Rosenberg has won the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award for his article "No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, Eugenics, and the State in the Early 20th Century United States," Journal of American History 107.2 (September 2020). The award is given annually by the Agricultural History Society and recognizes the best article on agricultural history published in any journal other than Agricultural History.   No Scrubs: Livestock Breeding, Eugenics, and the State in the Early 20th Century United States On… read more about GSF Professor Gabe Rosenberg wins the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award  »

You're invited to "march" in our Virtual Pride Parade on Thursday, June 24 at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT.  There is no place that showcases the diversity, spirit and inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ and Ally communities quite like a Pride Parade. It is a celebration of what makes us unique while binding us together to form a beautiful tapestry. This year we can all be together. March with us and express what Pride means to you. Your participation could be a simple "Hello from _____" or maybe you want to educate people on… read more about June 2021 Pride Month »

Labriculture Now It’s time to disrupt the toxic animal agriculture industry with bioreactor-brewed meat. Americans will eat about two billion chicken nuggets this year, give or take a few hundred million. This deep-fried staple of the nation’s diet is a way of profiting off the bits that are left after the breast, legs, and wings are lopped off the nine billion or so factory-farmed chickens slaughtered in the country every year. Like much else that is ubiquitous in contemporary life, the production of nuggets is… read more about It's Time to Disrupt the Toxic Animal Agriculture Industry »

Women of Color as Legislators “I was working with a colleague who was working on women and legislators, and we decided to do a joint project. We published a piece early in our careers looking at the role of race and gender and representation; before that time, the conventional thinking was that race and gender didn’t matter that much in terms of how legislators did their job or what institutions produce. “And what we found in those early studies is that both race and gender make a difference. Black legislators are more… read more about How Race and Gender Are Shaping Politics »

India’s surge of COVID-19 cases is amplifying the global burden of illness and death and straining the country’s healthcare system. As treatment supplies of oxygen and medicine run low, the workers caring for patients are increasingly overtaxed. Care work should be valued as an infrastructure of COVID-19 treatment, and hospital workers and families deserve greater support for their labor, says Harris Solomon, a medical anthropologist at Duke University. The following quotes are available for use in your coverage of the… read more about Pandemic Response in India Should Focus on Care Workers, Too, Duke Expert Says »

GSF Major Graduate of the Class of 2021 and a Baldwin Scholar, quoted in The New York Times on the surprising life lessons of the pandemic. “It’s made me realize that not knowing the next step doesn’t mean my world is going to crumble. I think it made me less scared to face the unknown.”   It was the year of college without the college experience. No packed stadiums and arenas. No intimate, small-group seminars or serendipitous encounters with strangers. No (or fewer) ill-advised nights of beer pong and… read more about GSF Madison Alvarado quoted in The New York Times on Lessons of the Pandemic »

EXCEPTIONAL FACULTY NAMED AS 2021 CAREER ENHANCEMENT FELLOWS BY INSTITUTE FOR CITIZENS & SCHOLARS AWARDS SUPPORT CAREER DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR TENURED, ADJUNCT FACULTY IN THE HUMANITIES, SOCIAL SCIENCES, AND ARTS PRINCETON, NJ (May 5, 2021) – The Institute for Citizens & Scholars has named 39 new Career Enhancement Fellows for the 2021–22 academic year. The 2021 Career Enhancement Fellows work in such disciplines as African American studies,… read more about GSF Professor Patrice Douglass wins prestigious Career Enhancement Fellowship »

In a challenging year for collaboration, three members of the Class of 2022 are being honored for using the moment to ask big research questions and produce scholarship that shows originality and creative thinking. Katherine Gan, Logan Glasstetter and Xinyu (Norah) Tan are the recipients of this year’s Faculty Scholars Awards, the highest bestowed by Duke faculty on undergraduates with a record of independent research and scholarship. Working across three different disciplines, the students have already produced… read more about The 2021 Faculty Scholars: Three Undergraduates Showing an Exceptional Research Record  »

Each year, Duke University awards Benenson Awards in the Arts, which provide funding for arts-centered projects proposed by undergraduates, including graduating seniors. This year, the Benenson selection committee awarded prizes to fourteen students for creative projects spanning music, film, theater, visual arts, audio, and writing. read more about GSF Major Katherine Gan wins the 2021 Benenson Award »

Anna Storti will join the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies,  as assistant professor. Storti will join Duke from Dartmouth College, where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She completed her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland in 2020 with research focused on critical mixed-race studies, empire studies, performance studies and transnational queer studies. Centering her work on the violence of racial fetishization and explorations of “racialized anger” at white supremacy, Storti argues… read more about Anna Storti to Join GSF Faculty »

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 ACLS Fellowships. The longest running program in the organization’s portfolio, the ACLS Fellowship program supports outstanding scholarship in the humanities and humanistic social sciences with the potential to make significant contributions to knowledge within and across fields. Fellowships totaling nearly $3.6 million have… read more about GSF Alumni Receive the American Council of Learned Societies Prestigious Fellowship »

The Trinity College of Arts & Sciences has hired two new faculty members specializing in Asian American studies. Calvin Cheung-Miaw will join the Department of History and Anna Storti will join the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies, both as assistant professors. Their positions are supporter by a $4 million grant from The Duke Endowment, a private foundation based in Charlotte, dedicated to hiring up to six new scholars with expertise on Africa, Asian American studies or Latinx studies. Cheung-Miaw… read more about Trinity to Add Two Asian-American Studies Scholars »

We are deeply saddened and angered by the loss of eight lives on March 16, 2021, extinguished by a shooting in Atlanta, Georgia, that targeted Asian women massage workers. We first and foremost want to express solidarity and support for the families and friends of these eight victims and for those who relied on them, loved them, and will grieve them. We recognize and acknowledge the pain, anger and fear of Asians and Asian Americans produced by xenophobia, racism, and racist misogyny. This tragedy exemplifies the… read more about A Note from GSF Studies regarding the Georgia Massacre »

Gabriel Rosenberg, associate professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies and History, co-authored an article in The New Republic, arguing that "the rise of cellular agriculture will force consumers to consider the moral consequences of torturing and killing animals for food." read more about The Sadism of Eating Real Meat Over Lab Meat »

The Duke on Gender Colloquium hosted a virtual panel on “Black Feminism Beyond the Human” on January 29, 2021. Hundreds of guests heard presentations by Zakiyyah Iman Jackson (University of Southern California, English) and Patrice D. Douglass (Duke, GSF) on the ways the hegemonic concept of the human depends on and perpetuates interrelated forms of gendered-racial violence. For both Jackson and Douglass, Black feminism is a critical lens for making this violence visible and, ultimately, for interrupting the aesthetics,… read more about Black Feminism Beyond the Human - Duke on Gender Colloquium »

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S YEAR BY JOCELYN OLCOTT Amid the geopolitical and social turmoil of the 1970s, the United Nations declared 1975 as International Women's Year. The capstone event, a two-week conference in Mexico City, was dubbed by organizers and journalists as "the greatest consciousness-raising event in history." While participants expressed dismay at levels of discord and conflict, Professor of History Jocelyn Olcott explores how these combative, unanticipated encounters generated the most enduring legacies… read more about Duke scholars document women's contributions to history, culture and society »

The rise of cellular agriculture will force consumers to consider the moral consequences of torturing and killing animals for food. Consider a steak. When it hits the hot oil in the pan, your mouth can’t help but water at the aroma. That familiar crackle of fat beginning to fry and render is the sound of the maillard reaction: that wondrous molecular dance of the steak’s amino acids and sugars as they caramelize during the searing process. When you pull it from the pan—it’s only a few moments away now—and your teeth sink… read more about The Sadism of Eating Real Meat Over Lab Meat »

Last fall, Duke alumni Alex Sanchez Bressler ’18 and Daniela Saucedo ‘18, along with Saucedo’s mother, Ana Brewton, started a fused glass business. The trio now melts glass at a sweltering 1480 degrees Fahrenheit in the Sonoran Desert. Their kiln—a one-ton oven consuming a quarter of the garage—completes one firing over the course of fifteen hours. This was not something they planned to do together. La Colombe Contemporary Glasswork was launched during the COVID-19 pandemic within the confines of Brewton’s house in… read more about All in the Family: La Colombe Contemporary Glasswork »

Farren Yero is currently a postdoctoral associate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She is a scholar of Latin America and the Caribbean, specializing in gender studies and the history of race, health, and medicine. Her writing has appeared in The Recipes Project, The Panorama, and Age of Revolutions, and her research has been supported by the ACLS, Fulbright-Hays, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John Carter Brown Library, and the Newberry Library.    Dr. Yero also will… read more about GSF Feminist Studies Certificate Alumni Farren Yero awarded the OI-NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship »

In the fall of 2020, the class Women in the Political Process brought together undergraduates from various disciplines interested in analyzing women's role in the political arena in the United States. In light of the centennial of the 19th amendment and the elections to be held in the country in November, this course offered a timely space to think critically about the history of women's suffrage, the challenges that women face in popularly elected positions, and reflect on what we mean when we talk about "women's issues… read more about A Feminist Space in Which Students Became Political Analysts and Filmmakers »

The Feminist Theory Workshop (FTW) will be having its 14th annual event throughout the month of March, inviting three scholars from around the country to share their cutting-edge research in the field. Unlike their past workshop events, which were held over the course of two days, it will be spread across three Friday afternoons, each highlighting a different speaker.  The Feminist Theory Workshop was founded by the Professor of Programs in Literature and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and former Margaret Taylor… read more about 14th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop continues the conversation online »

This month, we present a collection of 10 Duke-authored books detailing the history of Black life in America. While this is not a comprehensive list of all Duke scholarship on Black history, it is intended to be an introduction to the multifaceted work of Duke scholars in public policy, history, documentary studies, religious studies, African and African-American studies, cultural anthropology, sociology, art, art history, and visual studies.  These books, along with many others, are available at Duke University Libraries,… read more about 10 Duke-Authored Books on Black History »

The Beginning of the End of Meaningless Work Ten years out from “The Problem With Work,” the theorist Kathi Weeks considers the current labor crisis, “essential” jobs, and post-pandemic futures “When was the last time we really had terms with which or the occasion for questioning the quality of people’s work?” Kathi Weeks, professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University, asked when we spoke in December, which, at that point, had been the deadliest month so far of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 12… read more about Kathi Weeks on the Current Labor Crisis, "Essential" Jobs, and Post-Pandemic Futures »