1006 Urban Life Building
Core faculty, Institute for Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ph.D. Emory University, 1997.
As a lecturer in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at GSU, I can integrate my courses with the topics I am researching. In upper level courses, for example, we explore dominate structures, such as capitalism, imperialism, heteronormativity, white supremacy, and of course, sexism, in order to discover the multiple and complex ways they impact our lives. Furthermore, we analyze the subject-positions made available within these institutions as well as the variety of the ways in which individuals and communities navigate these positions. Currently, I am interested in two projects: the first explores histories of social change organizing to analyze how queer and anti-racist organizing have become polarized within Atlanta, and the second investigates how the western gaze which sees "third world" women as fetishized spectacle consistently recurs in the women’s studies classroom, despite the simultaneous presence of anti-imperialist critique.
Fields of Study:
Lesbian and queer organizing and communities; feminist and queer theory; the impact of neoliberalism on public/private spheres; personal narrative; feminist pedagogy.
Feminism and Queer Theory
Public Scholarship and Community Involvement:
Advisor, Faces of Feminism, Georgia State’s Undergraduate feminist activist organization.
Advisor, BlackOut, GSU's student organization of Black LGBTQIQ people and their allies.
Atlanta Pride 2012, Honorary Grand Marshall
Developed presentations on feminist theory, queer theory, and pedagogy for such spaces as the Atlanta Women's Foundation, The Decatur Book Festival, Girl's Rock Camp, and Charis Books and More.