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As of July 1, the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies will have a new chair: Jennifer C. Nash, the Jean Fox O'Barr Women's Studies Distinguished Professor.  After obtaining her J.D. from Harvard Law in 2004, Nash stayed in Cambridge to complete a Ph.D., studying African American studies as well as sociology. She finished in 2009, then spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities. She later held assistant professorships at The George Washington… read more about New Chair Aims to Bring GSF to the Forefront of Black Feminist Theory »

Laura Shelton and Martha Liliana Espinosa Tavares: Introduction to the Special Issue: Reproduction, Contraception, and Obstetrics in Modern Mexico.   This Special Issue elucidates how Mexican obstetricians, mothers, feminists, scientists, and politicians understood the intersections of reproduction and birth control with the politics of national identity and modernization over the course of a century.  read more about GSF certificate student Martha Espinosa has guest edited a special issue of the Journal of Women's History »

On April 29th, 2022 the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies proudly hosted the 2022 Senior Honors Research Presentations led by Director of Honors, Gabriel Rosenberg. Graduating students Katherine Gan, Tiana Horace, and Zadaiah Roye shared their year-long thesis projects in the East Duke Pink Parlor with a hybrid in-person and Zoom participant audience. The work of each student reflected their own identities, passions, and lifelong goals. The presentation was an incredible celebration of dedicated… read more about GSF 2022 Seniors Present Honors Research »

Students often start at Duke thinking they’ll study one thing before veering off in a completely different direction. Emma Cairns, a senior, is no exception.  When she started at Duke, Cairns saw herself majoring in Biomedical Engineering, but after taking a Writing 101 course on feminist rhetoric, she felt her loyalties wavering. She declared as a GSF major her sophomore year, but still felt like there was a piece missing from her academic endeavors.   Now, Cairns is about the become the first Duke student to graduate… read more about Senior Stories: Inaugural GGS Graduate Reflects on Her Time at Duke »

College is a time for change, and Katherine Gan, a Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies major graduating in May agrees.   “I am a very different person than I was when I first entered Duke,” Gan said, “but wonderful mentorships and friendships have made me grow a great amount in just a couple of years.”  Gan credits the GSF department for challenging them and providing what they call a “much-needed intellectual environment to think about desire, power and feminism, particularly for women and people of color.”  Gan’s… read more about Senior Stories: How Being Challenged Motivated and Inspired One GSF Major »

After two long years without an in-person meeting, the Feminist Theory Workshop gathered once again on March 18-19, and the energy in Penn Pavilion was palpable. “I cannot tell you how excited I am,” said Chair of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies Jocelyn Olcott in her opening remarks. “I thought this day would never come.” Scholars came from all over the world for the two-day event, now in its 15th year, many of them traveling for the first time since the pandemic started in 2020. Using a novel conference… read more about Feminist Theory Workshop Returns to In-Person through a Hybrid Format »

On Thursday March 24th, the Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies department welcomed back former Duke professor and historian, Laura Edwards, for the annual Anne Firor Scott lecture. Anne Firor Scott was the first woman to chair the Duke University History department and was an expert on women’s history and the American South. Laura Edwards is a Princeton professor and legal historian with research focusing on the nineteenth-century United States. Her newest publication, Only the Clothes On Her Back, provides a… read more about Annual Anne Firor Scott Lecture with Keynote Speaker Laura Edwards  »

    First Year Seminar:  Critters-Intro. to Animal Studies GSF 89S.03  ALP, CZ, EI, SS, W Gabriel Rosenberg Some scientists contend that the Earth has entered a new geological age in which human actions and effects are the dominant force shaping the planet, a so-called  "anthropocene." Such a planet offers diminishing possibilities for other creatures to live beyond the influence of Homo sapiens. How do animals fit into human societies when human society is… read more about GSF Studies Fall 2022 Courses »

Mandisa Maya, Judge President of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal, was recently recommended by the country’s Judicial Services Commission to become the next Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court. The position became vacant after the 12-year term of Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng ended in October 2021. It is now up to President Cyril Ramaphosa to decide if she actually ascends to the highest judicial position in the country. Click here for full article. read more about Duke Alumni Mandisa Maya Poised To Be South Africa's First Woman Chief Justice »

Fifty years separate the days when Claudius “C.B.” Claiborne and Michelle Staggers completed their undergraduate degrees at Duke. But a conversation held February 28 made clear that the former student-athletes had plenty of shared experiences, along with a few key differences. Now a professor of business and marketing in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Texas Southern University, Claiborne was the first African American basketball player at Duke and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Staggers was a member of… read more about Two Former Student-Athletes Discuss Duke History and Hope for the Future »

On Friday February 18th, the Revaluing Care in the Global Economy’s Visualizing Care series presented “Digital Feminisms between Archives and Networks”: a virtual Zoom conversation between digital artists about the avenues and communities of care that they craft and participate in through the internet. GSFS Department Chair, Jocelyn Olcott, introduced the conversation by examining our current “crisis of care”. Still experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, a physically distanced world has created a desperate need… read more about February Visualizing Care Series - Digital Feminisms Between Archives and Networks »

When Michaeline Crichlow moved from her native St. Lucia to upstate New York, she had a lot to learn — and not just in the graduate program she attended at Binghamton University. “I became a Black person not in the Caribbean, but in the United States,” said the professor and interim chair of African & African American Studies. Race wasn’t often discussed in St. Lucia, where the vast majority of the population is Black. The rare times it was, the conversation wasn’t about Black and white, but the Indo-Caribbean peoples… read more about What Decolonization Means »

On Friday, January 28th, the department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History Department welcomed Jack Halberstam, director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Columbia University for the Duke on Gender Colloquium, “The Natures of Desire: A Conversation on Queerness and the Wild”. Accompanied by Duke's Gabriel Rosenberg, the two led the discussion exploring topics of wildness, dismantling, and the potentially unexpected intersections of sexuality and the environment. Halberstam… read more about January's Duke On Gender Colloquium - The Natures of Desire: A Conversation on Queerness and the Wild »

From China to modern Palestine, from Renaissance Europe to Reagan’s America of the 1980s, new books by Duke faculty will take you on a fascinating journey through time and space. We present a selection of books published in late 2021. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk in Perkins Library. Some are available as e-books for quick download. Most can also be purchased through the Gothic Bookshop. [Duke Today will provide… read more about Dance, Spirituality and Black Art: Books by Duke Authors Warm This Winter  »

More than once, the freshmen in Professor Anna Storti’s Asian American Feminisms seminar made history.     In Fall 2021, Sergio Estrada Adan, Eva Funaki, Lin Lin, Cristal Ortiz, Lina Sinsheimer, and Isha Uppalapati enrolled in the first course designated as Asian American & Diaspora Studies (AADS) at Duke: Professor Storti’s First-Year Seminar in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies on Asian American Feminisms. Bringing together the fields of GSF, AADS, and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES… read more about Asian American Feminisms: In Solidarity »

Biden’s crackdown on Big Meat aims to increase competition to bring prices down. But cheap meat depends on ignoring the product’s true cost. On December 21, 2021, the attorneys general of 16 states, including agricultural powerhouses like Iowa and Minnesota, sent a letter to United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and his fair-competition czar, Senior Advisor Andrew Green. In it, they called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to enforce the Packers and Stockyards Act, initially passed in 1921 to check rampant… read more about Gabriel Rosenberg: Don’t Make Meat Cheaper. Make It Much More Expensive. »

We would like to honor the life of bell hooks, and to mark our collective indebtedness to her brilliance. Ain’t I a Woman was the first feminist book that I ever read. I remember freshman year in college, bell hooks’s words forced me to think about the ways that racism and sexism were interconnected and, more than anything else, her hope inspired me to become an activist. In the decades since I first encountered her work, my understanding of her intervention has become much more profound, and she has continued to… read more about The GSF community pays tribute to bell hooks »

Congratulations to Amanda Archambeau, GSF Business Manager, who recently graduated from UNCG with her MA in Applied Arts & Sciences! read more about GSF Business Manager receives Masters Degree »

Computer scientist Nicki Washington spends much of her time talking with white and Asian men about how their identities influence their work. Nicki Washington could be mistaken for a social scientist. Washington has long argued that computer scientists like her should better understand how their own identities affect their work. She joined Duke University in June 2020 and launched a groundbreaking course that analyzes how race, gender, and class influence the way technologies get developed.  Full article from MIT… read more about How Tackling Tech’s Diversity Challenges Can Spur Innovation »

  Gender & Science:  Feminist Studies of Science and Medicine  GSF 89S.03  SS, STS Ara Wilson  How does inequality affect scientific practice and knowledge? Do colonial, racist, or sexist contexts matter for the science produced? Does the identity of the scientist matter? This seminar provides an overview of research that puts scientists under the lens, studying medicine & science in relation to gender, sexuality, race, and colonialism… read more about SPRING COURSES »