Patrice D. Douglass

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

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California - Irvine 2016

Douglass, P. D. “At the Intersections of Assemblages: Fanon, Capécia, and the Unmaking of the Genre Subject.” Conceptual Aphasia in Black Displacing Racial Formation, Critical Africana Studies, 2016.

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

Douglass, Patrice, and Frank Wilderson. “The Violence of Presence.” The Black Scholar, vol. 43, no. 4, Informa UK Limited, Dec. 2013, pp. 117–23. Crossref, doi:10.5816/blackscholar.43.4.0117. Full Text