Ray Barney is a senior at the University of Minnesota double-majoring in gender, women & sexuality studies (GWSS) and Asian languages and literatures (ALL) with a minor in art. They are already doing work informed by feminist, Black, trans, and queer praxis. With the tools and opportunities they’ve gained during their time at the University of Minnesota, Barney hopes to be a part of the shared fight for shared liberation.
A promising young academic with a knack for research, undergraduate Colin Walker Wingate traveled to Atlanta to present on race, gender, and slavery at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference.
How is it possible to know something you don’t know? Oracles are the answer for Alexis Pauline Gumbs, CLA’s Winton Chair, residing in GWSS. She creates performances that help artists move from confusion to greater clarity in their lives and practices.
Some of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases go unnoticed by pharmaceutical companies. One such neglected disease is tuberculosis, which claimed 1.7 million lives in 2016. Why is this widespread disease getting ignored, and how can collaborations help solve this problem? Professor Susan Craddock’s research looks into a new way of addressing neglected diseases.
Did you notice what looked like a “tiny house” on campus last year? It was actually a “mobile artist residency,” part of Tia-Simone Gardner’s research on the relationship between large cities and small housing spaces. The project aims to make small, mobile housing become a feasible option for people who need affordable or temporary housing.
2017 graduate Clemesha Jámilah Grayer shares how her undergraduate research experience has helped her find her place in the world. She reflects on how GWSS prepared her to meet the challenges of her new job by talking about difficult topics, empowering students through questions, and being aware of the world and its identities.
In a collaborative interview, feminist studies PhD students, Caitlin Gunn, Naimah Petigny, Nithya Rajan, and José Manuel Santillana, discuss what constitutes feminist engagement and the multitude of sociopolitical factors that make it necessary in the current political times.
Professor Sima Shakhsari has spent over nine years actively researching and working with Iranian queer and trans refugees and refugee applicants, looking critically at the disparities and difficulties that individuals are forced to comply with as a result of this process.
GWSS and Political Science major Kendall Witaszek will be graduating summa cum laude this May. In preparation for graduate school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Kendall has taken opportunities both on and off campus to strengthen her confidence in applying the critical concepts that she has learned and internalized through her academic training.
After being awarded the 2015–2016 Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship, Dr. Lorena Muñoz took the opportunity to continue her research abroad. She spent the last academic year studying how class, gender, sexuality, and race processes inform street vending policies and the public spaces they occupy.
Searching for a more holistic understanding of urban studies, Montana Filoteo was drawn to the GWSS department. A current student and soon-to-be graduate, Montana is also majoring in urban studies and minoring in social justice.
Core founding faculty member Professor Naomi Scheman has long been a pivotal and innovative force in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. While chairing the then Women’s Studies program from 1986-1989, she discreetly upgraded it to department status by simply ordering new stationery and correcting everyone, including deans, who continued to say “program.” Her subversive spirit in and outside of the classroom is one of the things that makes her a true GWSS treasure
When she won the Helen Hawthorne Hartung award for her video project “Queerbaiting,” undergraduate Olivia Riley felt a sense of validation that confirmed that her passion was worthwhile and meaningful to others. A self-described “fan girl” with a critical eye, Riley brought her passion for studying gender and performativity into her final project for GWSS 1004: Screening Sex and found great success.
When the United Kingdom marked the 200-year anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade, the British government and its citizens celebrated their proclaimed role in abolishing slavery. Professor Annie Hill noticed something strange about Britain’s heroic portrayal of itself, and she knew then that her next research project had to explore this peculiarity.
Nicole Starr, recipient of this year’s CLA’s Alumni Notable Achievement award, set out to create her world within her own parameters after graduation from the department in 1998. Starr’s love for big ideas guided her through an incredible journey of trial and error, allowing her to find her place as a Ramsey County judge and made her an exemplary role model for future grads.
GWSS Assistant Professor Aren Aizura talks through his current research project that explores how nationalism and neoliberal economics influence policy on queer and transgender lives. He asks, "How do we decide what political strategies will end violence against trans and gender nonconforming people?"