Elena Gambino

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Elena Gambino is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, where she works at the intersection of contemporary political theory, feminist studies, and historiography. Her dissertation examines the political "scene-making" practices of feminist and queer theory by historicizing the emergence of queer theories of the subject. It then turns to reconstruct the work of French lesbian theorist and activist Monique Wittig so as to offer an alternative scene-making framework that grounds theory more directly in a political commitment to anti-oppression. Elena holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.A. from Lehigh University, has presented work at conferences and colloquia in Political Science and Feminist Studies, and has served as the organizer of the Minnesota Political Theory Colloquium. Her theoretical and archival work has been funded by the University of Minnesota Graduate School, the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and the Albert and Virginia Wimmer Foundation. Her general research interests include: the intersections of postmodern, queer, and feminist theories, institutional histories of the academy and the discipline of women’s studies since the 1970s, political histories of the women’s movement, late modern political theory, and emancipatory theory.

Educational Background & Specialties


  • Feminist Theory, Late Modern Political Theory, Genealogy, History and Historiography
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