Elena Gambino

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I am a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, where I will defend my dissertation “The Lesbian Body Politic: Power, Method, and Accountability in Feminist and Queer Theory” in May 2019. My primary interests include the historical and conceptual intersections of feminist, queer, and critical race theories, focusing in particular on how everyday political actors have deployed these traditions to frame questions of injustice and redress under conditions of inequality. I also work in the extensive archives of the women’s and LGBTQ movements. My dissertation examines how lesbian writers and activists have practiced intersectional accountability, and has received support from the Mellon foundation and the University of Minnesota Graduate School. I hold a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from Lehigh University, have presented work at conferences and colloquia in Political Science and Feminist Studies, and have served as the organizer of the Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae


  • Feminist Theory, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Late Modern Political Theory
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Diversity Committee Graduate Student Representative: September 2016 - August 2017
  • Graduate Student Life Committee Co-Chair: October 2015 - November 2016
  • Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium Co-chair: September 2014 - December 2015