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Faculty & Graduate Student Publications

Faculty and graduate students in the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities have been hard at work. Below are some of their publications and featured stories. 


Compound Solutions: Pharmaceutical Alternatives to Global Health

Susan Craddock
University of Minnesota Press, 2017

"Claiming 1.5 million lives in 2015, tuberculosis is the world’s most deadly infectious disease. Because of the population it overwhelmingly affects, however, pharmaceutical companies are uninterested in developing better drugs for the disease. Compound Solutions examines Product Development Partnerships (PDPs), which arose early in the twenty-first century to develop new drugs and vaccines for infectious diseases in low-income countries. Here, for the first time, is a sustained examination of PDPs: the work they do, the partnerships they form, their mission, and their underlying philosophy of addressing global health needs—with implications that extend well beyond tuberculosis." - University of Minnesota Press

"A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance: Abortion Death Rituals in South Korea"

SeungGyeong Ji
Religion & Gender, December 31, 2017

In this essay SeungGyeong (Jade) Ji, Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate, explores contemporary ChonDoJe, Buddhist abortion death rituals in South Korea.

"This Thing This Home: Stevie Ada Klaark In Conversation with Tia-Simone Gardner"

Stevie Ada Klaark interviews Tia-Simone Gardner
MN Artists, December 7, 2017

An interview with visual artist, educator, Black feminist scholar, and Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Tia-Simone Gardner about her tiny home turned mobile residency, The Inhabitation Project, and the balance between stability, mobility, and intimacy in artists' connections to place.

"Congressman Garret Graves and the Discursive Disappearance of Communities of Color in South Louisiana"

Simi Kang
The Migrationist, December 5, 2017

After returning from a year spent conducting fieldwork in Louisiana, Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Simi Kang offers a series of questions "to illuminate how Cajuns’ access to land and other resources requires the endangerment, erasure, and movement of Indigenous nations and other communities of color."

"Bodyminds Like Ours: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Graduate School, Disability and the Politics of Disclosure"

Collaboration with Angela Carter
Negotiating Disability, University of Michigan Press, December 1, 2017

Feminist Studies Ph.D. candidate Angela Carter collaborated on a chapter in Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education, an anthology that "reveals the pervasiveness of disability issues and considerations within many higher education populations and settings, from classrooms to physical environments to policy impacts on students, faculty, administrators, and staff."

"Nondisclosure Agreements: Sexual Harassment and the Contract of Silence"

Annie Hill
The Gender Policy Report, November 14, 2017

"As the outpouring of harassment stories grows—including from female lawmakers in Congress—this watershed moment suggests that many victims want to speak and the public wants to know."

"Rapturous Groundings: Bouchra Ouizguen’s Corbeaux and the Performance of Release"

Naimah Pétigny
Walker Magazine, November 9, 2017

"As both a dancer and performance scholar, I reflect on Corbeaux through a multiveiled lens... Through an explicitly interdisciplinary and internationalist focus, performance studies allows us to think about how our bodies move through the world, how our speech can gain significance and transform sociality, as well as the co-constitutive nature of gender, race and sexuality."

"Too Costly? The Fight for Trans Health Care in the Courts and Legislature"

Lars Z. Mackenzie
The Gender Policy Report, September 26, 2017

"So long as trans health care is framed as cosmetic, not medically necessary, or an excessive burden on state health and human services budgets, trans Medicaid recipients face impossible decisions about their health and wellbeing. Only 18% of low-income trans people have undergone any type of gender affirmation surgery. One in 3 trans people report that they’ve put off medical care because they cannot afford it. Elected officials have actively created a climate in which trans lives are devalued."

"How to Lose the Betel Smell When You Are out of Bleaching Powder?"

Sayan Bhattacharya
Antiserious, September 12, 2017

Feminist Studies Ph.D. student Sayan Bhattacharya's provocative personal essay, "How to Lose the Betel Smell When You Are Out of Bleaching Powder?", serves to broaden our perspective of this world and to inspire. 

"The Rhetoric of Modern-Day Slavery: Analogical Links and Historical Kinks in the United Kingdom's Anti-Trafficking Plan"

Annie Hill
philoSOPHIA, State University of New York Press, Summer 2017

As Hill describes, "Trafficking rhetoric creates a discursive context wherein the British government addresses how to control migrants (while appearing to talk about something else) and contain migration (while appearing to target something else)."

"Calling Forth History's Mocking Doubles"

Hale Konitshek
Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, May 24, 2017

"This essay intervenes in feminist philosophical debates concerned with the relationship between materiality (“matters” of fact) and signification (“meanings” of fact, meanings of matter, and meanings that matter) as pertaining to agency in public life, by bringing Karen Barad's “Posthumanist Performativity” (Barad 2003) into conversation with Hortense Spillers's “‘Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe’: An American Grammar Book” (Spillers 1987)."

"Safety Implications of Regulatory Rollback at the FDA"

Susan Craddock
The Gender Policy Report, March 2017

"To add such significant safety risk to prescription medications inadequately tested before marketing is inhumane; it treats individuals as guinea pigs while the risk of injury is unevenly spread by income and by gender."

"The Afterlife of Data: Identity, Surveillance, and Capitalism in Trans Credit Reporting"

Lars Z. Mackenzie
Transgender Studies Quarterly, February 1, 2017

Credit reports, once solely used to determine individual creditworthiness, have in the past several decades become a tool for authentication processes not directly related to one's capacity to take on debt, namely, in rental housing and employment applications. When trans people change their first names to better align with their gender identities, they often become illegible to credit reporting systems. In this article, the author examines online discussion board posts about trans people's experiences with their credit reports, arguing that the issues trans people encounter illuminate the complex logics of neoliberal capitalism, predatory lending, and the “afterlife” of identification data enabled by big data surveillance.

"The Prison Rape Elimination Act and the Limits of Liberal Reform"

Lena Palacios
The Gender Policy Report, January 2017

"While PREA was developed with good intentions by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) in concert with prisoner rights’ advocates from across the country, and has been lauded by the American Civil Liberties Union and Just Detention International, it falls far short of what is needed to protect all prisoners, especially women, people of color, transgender individuals, and disabled people."

"New President, Old Anti-Abortion Policy"

Siri Suh
The Gender Policy Report, January 2017

GWSS Professor Siri Suh comments on Continuing Contradictions in US Global “Family Planning” Policies.

"How to Stage a Raid: Police, media and the master narrative of trafficking"

Annie Hill
Anti-Trafficking Review, September 2016

Feminist Studies Professor Annie Hill's revelatory article "examines details of [a UK police] raid and its aftermath that are obscured in the official account and offers an alternative interpretation of raid photographs circulated by the media. Findings suggest the rights of women targeted in raids are disregarded and the harm they experience dismissed in order to amplify the state’s anti-trafficking agenda."

"Breast cancer’s rhetoricity: bodily border crisis and bridge to corporeal solidarity"

Annie Hill
Review of Communication, January 19, 2016

Responding to Susan Sontag’s groundbreaking text Illness as Metaphor, Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Annie Hill analyzes breast cancer as a figure of entanglement, drawing on Karen Barad’s theory of agential realism.

Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life

Terrion Williamson
Fordham University Press, 2017

Assistant Professor of African American and African Studies, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, and American Studies Terrion Williamson's book, Scandalize My Name: Black Feminist Practice and the Making of Black Social Life, "uses her experiences growing up in the small midwestern city of Peoria, Illinois as the staging ground for a study of how poor and working-class black women upend foregoing notions of black female representation and consequently circumvent the constraints of stereotype discourse in the making of alternative black communal formations and kinship networks."

"SlutWalk as perifeminist response to rape logic: the politics of reclaiming a name​"

Annie Hill
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, September 2, 2015

Professor Annie Hill published an article entitled, "SlutWalk as Perifeminist Response to Rape Logic: The Politics of Reclaiming a Name" in the journal of Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies in 2015. Dr. Hill explores how SlutWalk subverts rape logic, rendering it apparent and absurd while circulating counterclaims to oppose sexual violence. She argues that by reclaiming “slut” through performative protest and political mobilization, SlutWalk offers trenchant critiques of rape logic’s conflation of clothes and consent.

"Black Intellectualism Is More Than Big (Male) Egos"

Zenzele Isoke
The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 1, 2015

"This nation does not take kindly to honest talk from black folks who speak cogently about the sinister machinations of race and power that underlie everyday life in America. To assume the designation of 'black public intellectual,' one must possess a certain courageousness of spirit to offer one’s own genius to a bitter world that despises ideas as much as it relies upon them. It is a radical act of vulnerability, and for black people, it requires a willingness to take and issue verbal beatings that are reminiscent of the times of slavery."

"'Right tool,' wrong 'job': Manual vacuum aspiration, post-abortion care and transnational population politics in Senegal"

Siri Suh
Social Science and Medicine, April 28, 2015

Professor Siri Suh has recently published an article entitled "'Right tool,' wrong 'job': Manual vacuum aspiration, post-abortion care and transnational population politics in Senegal" in the journal Social Science and Medicine in 2015. Based on an ethnography of Senegal's PAC program conducted between 2010 and 2011, and data collected through interviews with 49 health professionals, observation of PAC treatment and review of abortion records at three hospitals, Dr. Suh analyzes how the “rightness” of a technology for completing a particular task is negotiated by medical professionals, patients, state institutions, manufacturing companies, and non-governmental organizations.

"Demanding Victims: The Sympathetic Shift in British Prostitution Policy"

Annie Hill
Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism, University of Minnesota Press, 2014

Annie Hill contributes chapter 4 to the book, Negotiating Sex Work, discussing the British government's move to modernize its policy toward sex crimes and those impacts on prostitution. 

Richa Nagar, Muddying the Waters

Muddying the Waters: Coauthoring Feminisms across Scholarship and Activism

Richa Nagar
University of Illinois Press, 2014

In Muddying the Waters, Richa Nagar embarks on an eloquent and moving exploration of the promises and pitfalls she has encountered during her two decades of transnational feminist work. With stories, encounters, and anecdotes as well as methodological reflections, Nagar grapples with the complexity of working through solidarities, responsibility, and ethics while involved in politically engaged scholarship. The author links the implicit assumptions, issues, and questions involved with scholarship and political action, and explores the epistemological risks and possibilities of creative research that bring these into intimate dialogue.

Jigna Desai, Asian Americans in Dixie

Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South

Khyati Y. Joshi and Jigna Desai, editors
University of Illinois Press, 2013

Asian Americans in Dixie: Race and Migration in the South, coedited by Jigna Desai and Khyati Y. Joshi, explores how the migrations of Manilamen, Bengali Muslim peddlers, and Chinese merchants and coolies extend the history of Asian Americans in the South into the early nineteenth and twentieth century. Extending the understanding of race and ethnicity in the South beyond the prism of black-white relations, this interdisciplinary collection explores the growth, impact, and significance of Asian Americans in Southern life and discusses the formation of past and emerging Asian American communities in the region. This collection of essays illustrates how Asian Americans have remade the Southern landscape with a visible and vital presence in many towns, suburbs, and cities.

Aizura, The Transgender Studies Reader 2

The Transgender Studies Reader 2

Susan Stryker and Aren Z. Aizura, editors
Routledge, 2013

The Transgender Studies Reader 2, co-edited by Aren Aizura and Susan Stryker, is the most comprehensive and rigorous collection of transgender studies scholarship in the field of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As the second volume in this series, this text focuses on recent work and emerging trends in transgender studies. Drawing upon feminist theorizing of the past thirty years, transgender studies provides another lens to view the way cultures use systems of sorting and classifying sex, gender, sexuality, and embodiment in relation to social power and categorical norms. Through transgender, the precise mechanisms of disarticulation, recombination, and re-categorization of sexed and gendered dimensions of personhood come into sharper focus.

Zenzele Isoke, Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance

Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance

Zenzele Isoke
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

Zenzele Isoke’s text Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance explores how contemporary urban spaces are critical sites of resistance for black women. By focusing on the spatial aspects of political resistance of black women in Newark, this book provides new ways of understanding the complex dynamics and innovative political practices within major American cities.