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Susan Talburt


Susan Talburt Urban Life 1012

 Core faculty, Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
 Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 1996

Susan Talburt’s research engages gender and sexuality in the fields of youth studies and educational studies.  In one strand of research, she uses queer theory to study the ways social scientific research, institutions, and popular culture regulate LGBT youth by framing them as “at-risk” and in need of adult help to develop particular subjectivities and identities.  In another strand of inquiry, she theorizes the gendered workings of neoliberalism in governing faculty and student behaviors through such discourses as “the successful student,” “the personal professor,” “the productive faculty member,” “the international imperative in a global world,” or the “academic community.”

She is presently completing research into the institutionalization of gender studies in Chilean universities.  The inquiry includes archival research and interviews with academics, activists, and NGO workers and focuses on the movement of “feminism” from its opposition to Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1990) to its integration into political structures during the transition to democracy and, finally, to its academic institutionalization.  The project explores the workings of neoliberal institutions, neutrality in democratic consensus, and the transnational movement of feminist knowledges.

She is beginning a project about the circulation of the figure of the "global gay youth."

Fields of Study

Youth and sexualities; feminist and queer theory; ethnographic and qualitative methodologies; gender, sexuality, and knowledge creation in higher education; neoliberal cultural politics in the academy

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to LGBT Studies
  • Youth and Sexualities
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Feminist Theories
  • Girls
  • Affect and Cultural Politics



Keywords in Youth Studies

Keywords in Youth Studies: Tracing Affects, Movements, Knowledges, co-edited with Nancy Lesko (Routledge, 2012)

Youth and Sexualities

Youth and Sexualities: Pleasure, Subversion, and Insubordination in and out of Schools, co-edited with Mary Lou Rasmussen and Eric Rofes (Palgrave, 2004)

Subject to Identity

Subject to Identity: Knowledge, Sexuality, and Academic Practices in Higher Education (SUNY, 2000)

Thinking Queer

Thinking Queer:  Sexuality, Culture, and Education, co-edited with Shirley R. Steinberg (Peter Lang, 2000)                              

Selected Chapters and Articles

Susan Talburt and Claudia Matus, “Orienting Ourselves to the Gay Penguin,” Journal of Emotion, Space, and Society 5 (2012): 36-44

Susan Talburt, “After-queer: Subjunctive Pedagogy,” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 23, no. 1 (2010): 49-64.

Susan Talburt and Mary Lou Rasmussen, “‘After-queer’ Tendencies in Queer Research,” International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education 23, no. 1 (2010): 1-14.

Claudia Matus and Susan Talburt, “Spatial Imaginaries: Universities, Internationalization, and Feminist Geographies,” Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education 30, no. 4 (2009): 515-527.

Susan Talburt, “Toys, Pleasures, and the Future,” in Interrogating Heteronormativity in Primary Schools: Analysing the Work of the No Outsiders Project, edited by Renée DePalma and Elizabeth Atkinson. Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Trentham, 2009.

Susan Talburt, “Developing Students:  Becoming Someone but not Anyone,” in Re/Constructing Policy in Higher Education:  Feminist Poststructural Perspectives and Policy Analysis, edited by Elizabeth Allan, Susan Iverson, and Rebecca Ropers-Huilman.  New York:  Routledge, 2009.

Susan Talburt, “Queer Imaginings,” Journal of LGBT Youth 5, no. 3 (2008):  99-103.


Editorial Board Memberships

Feminist Formations