Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Volume 10, Issue 1
fall 2019
WInter Reception
December 11, 2019
4:30-6:00pm, WLH Rm. 309
Compiled by Moe Gardner
Layout, Nick Appleby

From the Chair of WGSS


from Margaret Homans

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Yale is currently celebrating the 50th anniversary of coeducation in Yale College and the 150th of women in the graduate school.  Commemorative events in September included an outpouring of praise for the late Elga Wasserman, who served 1968-72 as the Yale president’s “special assistant on the education of women and chairman of the committee on coeducation.”  At the time, there were just two tenured women on the faculty, no women served as deans, and Yale was a place of exclusive white male privilege.  Just as the original mission of the Women’s Studies Program (founded in 1979) was never just to study women, so Wasserman’s vision extended far beyond the admission of a few hundred women to Yale...
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WGSS Donor Awards

Announcing two new awards to support WGSS graduate student research and conference participation:

-- The Ambereen Toubassy (Yale ’94) Award for WGSS graduate student travel to academic conferences

-- The Isa and Avi Mehta Graduate Student Research Fund in WGSS, created through the generosity of Kavita Patel (Yale ’98)

WGSS is grateful to these donors and to all those whose gifts support student and faculty research.

Faculty Profile: Professor Rod Ferguson


The aliveness of the liberal arts tradition and the emerging possibilities for interdisciplinary projects here at Yale make this place truly exciting for me. Having cut my teeth as a junior faculty member in the American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota, I learned to appreciate how the best of the liberal arts tradition—the promiscuity of intellectual dialogue and the breadth of intellectual literacy—can often be found through the research and teaching arising out of interdisciplinary programs, departments, and centers. So I’m delighted to become a member of the WGSS program at the moment where it’s growing intellectually and institutionally...
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Course Review: Black Feminist Theory

by Grace Ambrossi

The only reason I look forward to Mondays this semester is because of Black Feminist Theory. Professor Ferguson and Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn are invested in teaching students how black feminist theory is more than just an engagement with identity politics, as many others have misunderstood it to be. It is a critique of colonialism, imperialism, and the subsequent violences committed to the mind and body as a result of these processes. It is a confrontation with how the state has framed black women to be anything, but liberated and self-governed and radical and beautiful. It is an insistence on a relational politics that requires the liberation of the collective - collective being EVERYONE - for the liberation of the self....
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Course Review: Trans Histories of North America

by Uma Dwivedi


Trans Histories of North America, taught by Professor Susan Stryker, is a thorough historical and theoretical grounding in the field of trans studies. Moving more or less chronologically through the last 500 or so years of North American history, the course covers material such as the impact of colonialism on indigenous gender frameworks, the difficulties of assigning transness to historical figures, and the treatment of transgender and intersex children....
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James R. Brudner '83 Memorial Prize

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This year’s James Robert Brudner ’83 Memorial Prize was given posthumously to Siddhartha Gautam (Yale ’85) for his important work on LGBT rights in India, which has in collaboration with many other activists’ work led to the repeal of Section 377 —India’s anti-sodomy law, a remnant from British colonialism. To celebrate Gautam’s life and work, we were joined by his two sisters, Sujata Winfield and Anuja Gautam. Also joining us from India were Vivek Divan and Arvind Narrain, both lawyer-activists who have engaged in years of organizing towards the repeal of Section 377, and Jayashree T. who is a community organizer, currently putting together an archive of queer activism in India...
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LGBT Studies Fellow 2019, Alika Bourgette

Aloha mai kākou,

My time in residence at Yale LGBTS has helped guide my research effort in ways that will continue to bear fruit for time to come. I had the opportunity to confer with talented graduate students, faculty, and archivists who each provided congenial and generative feedback at the WGSS Graduate Working Group. The suggestions and research leads shared help prepare my manuscript, “Mālama I Ka ʻĀina O Kakaʻako: Elder-Youth Intimacies and Native Hawaiian Resilience in Kakaʻako, Honolulu, 1891-1916,” for inclusion in Radical History Review no. 139, a special issue on Critical Histories of Aging and Later Life...
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WGSS Colloquium, Fall 2019

by Jacinda Tran and Patricia Ekpo

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This fall semester the WGSS Colloquium and Working Group hosted a lively array of interdisciplinary conversations with faculty and graduate students!

For our first Working Group meeting, visiting LGBTS Graduate Fellow Alika Bourgette, a PhD student at the University of Washington, presented exciting work on elder-youth intimacies and native Hawaiian resistance. In October, Professor Laura Barraclough joined us to discuss a paper in progress that analyzed gender and Mexican identity on a short-lived reality show called Los Cowboys. In November, History of Science and Medicine lecturer Miriam Rich visited the working group for a fascinating discussion on medical conceptions of monstrosity in nineteenth century births...
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A Sampler of WGSS Fall '19 Events

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Milestones and Recent Publications

Elected to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Senate:  Jill Campbell and Jennifer Klein, who are members of the WGSS Council, and Joe Fischel, Associate Professor of WGSS.  Jill Campbell served as the Senate’s Deputy Chair in 2018-19 and continues her term in 2019-20; Jennifer Klein has been reelected for another term and serves as Deputy Chair in 2019-20; and Joe Fischel has begun his first term as Senator in fall 2019.  WGSS is proud of these Senators and the important work they do for the entire Yale community.

Recent Publications

WGSS and LGBTS congratulate our faculty and affiliates on the publication of their recent scholarship.

De, Rohit. A People's Constitution: The Everyday Life of Law in the Indian Republic. Princeton University Press, 2018. https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13286.html

Fischel, Joseph. Screw Consent: A Better Politics of Sexual Justice. University of California Press, 2019. https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520295414/screw-consent#about-book

Fischel, Joseph. C-Span interview with Regina Kunzel re: Screw Consent, at Labyrinth Books in Princeton. https://www.c-span.org/video/?458542-1%2Fscrew-consent

Fischel, Joseph. On Jessa Crispin's podcast, Public Intellectual, discussing feminism, bad sex, sex offenders, and children's sexual agency. https://player.fm/series/public-intellectual-with-jessa-crispin-2379837

LaFleur, Greta. The Natural History of Sexuality in Early America. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018. https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/title/natural-history-sexuality-early-america

Miller, Ali and Roseman, Mindy. Beyond Virtue and Vice: Rethinking Human Rights and Criminal Law. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15920.html

Pachankis, John and Safren, Steven. Handbook of Evidence-Based Mental Health Practice with Sexual and Gender Minorities. Oxford University Press, 2019


Recent news by or about the Yale WGSS and LGBTS community

Rene Almeling was recently recognized with a fellowship from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University.

Jill Campbell was awarded the the Yale College-Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Excellence in the Humanities.

Inderpal Grewal was awarded the Graduate Mentor Award in the Humanities for 2019. The Graduate Mentor Award recognizes faculty members who have been exceptional in their support of the professional, scholarly, and personal development of their students.

Noël Valis won the Victoria Urbano Academic Achievement Prize / Premio Victoria Urbano de Reconocimiento Académico, given by the International Association of Hispanic Women's Literature and Culture (Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica), for her work on Hispanic women's literature and gender studies.
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