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Miranda Joseph Named Chair of the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

August 7, 2017

Miranda Joseph will be the next chair of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, effective August 28, 2017 and pending Board of Regents approval of the appointment.

Professor Joseph is currently Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona and and is active in the fields of American Studies; Critical Finance Studies; and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies. Her research uses the tools of cultural studies to theorize the relationship between economic processes and social formations. She is the author of Debt to Society: Accounting for Life Under Capitalism (2014), which explores modes of accounting as they are used to create, sustain, or transform social relations, and Against the Romance of Community (2002), which examines the supplementary relation of community with capitalism in the context of political debates over LGBT art and culture and the discourses and practices of NGOs.

Professor Joseph received her BA in Literature, University of Pennsylvania, cum laude, with distinction, and her PhD in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford in 1995. Since then she has been a faculty member in Gender & Women’s Studies (GWS) at the University of Arizona (UA). From the start, she has enriched her scholarship and teaching with service in a wide variety of leadership and administrative roles in the department, in university-wide interdisciplinary programs, and at the highest levels of university shared governance. As a Winton Chair in residence at the University of Minnesota in 2016, Professor Joseph facilitated an interdisciplinary reading group on gender, race, and financialized capitalism, in which faculty and graduate students from across the College of Liberal Arts read current scholarship and shared their own works-in-progress on the topic.​  

The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) founded the first Women’s Studies major in the United States in 1973. GWSS promotes feminist scholarship, teaching, and programming that addresses the relationship of knowledge, power, and social justice. GWSS offers an undergraduate major and minor, a doctoral degree in feminist studies, and a graduate minor in feminist and critical sexuality studies.

In appointing Professor Joseph, College of Liberal Arts Dean John Coleman said her commitment to interdisciplinary excellence, strong values of inclusion and engagement, focus on student success, and record of successful administrative experience were critical factors.

According to Professor Joseph, “large, longstanding, PhD-granting departments such as GWSS at the University of Minnesota have not only the institutional stability, but also critical theoretical tools and commitment to undertake thoughtful development of department-level practices that can be models for the larger institution, and the political and institutional savvy to develop impactful interventions. I am honored to work with the GWSS faculty to fulfill that potential.”

View Professor Joseph’s full CV.