Patrice D. Douglass
Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
Patrice D. Douglass is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. She holds a PhD and MA in Culture and Theory from the University of California, Irvine, a MA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and a BA in Feminist Studies and Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Her first book project, tentatively titled, Politicizing Gender: Sociogeny, Violence, and Narrative in Black, deconstructs antebellum case law to examine the history of sexual violence under slavery. This project interrogates how the adjudication of sexual violence as a possible injury against the enslaved is absent in the legal record. By engaging black political and feminist theory, Politicizing Gender interrogates how the narrative of gender suffering hinges upon an understanding of rights, will, and consent that situates the nexus between blackness and gender as a belated concern. Thus, this research extends theories of the gendered arrangements of slavery beyond the temporal limits of the institution. Instead, Politicizing Gender demonstrates how across the span of slavery and its afterlife, gender and political theory are shortsighted in contending with the cartography of being and non-being, which emanate from the vulnerability of the enslaved to a state of absolute sexualized availability
Douglass, Patrice. “Ontological Terror: Blackness, Nihilism, and Emancipation by Calvin L. Warren (review).” The Comparatist, vol. 43.
Douglass, Patrice. “Review of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval by Saidiya Hartman.” Lateral, vol. 8, no. 2.
Douglass, Patrice D. “On (Being) Fear: Utah v. Strieff and the Ontology of Affect.” Journal of Visual Culture, vol. 17, no. 3, SAGE Publications, Dec. 2018, pp. 332–42. Crossref, doi:10.1177/1470412918800181. Full Text Open Access Copy
Douglass, P. D. “Black Feminist Theory for the Dead and Dying.” Theory and Event, vol. 21, no. 1, Johns Hopkins University Press, Jan. 2018.
Douglass, Patrice D. “The Claim of Right to Property: Social Violence and Political Right.” Zeitschrift Für Anglistik Und Amerikanistik, vol. 65, no. 2, Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Jan. 2017. Crossref, doi:10.1515/zaa-2017-0017. Full Text