LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster
Issues such as same-sex marriage, political sex scandals, and gays in the military are garnering increasing public attention. The scholarly study of sexuality- its history, meanings, and expression- is a crucial tool for evaluating these debates. How have views about "normal" and "aberrant" sexual expression changed over time? How do views differ across the globe and within different local communities? How do other social identities, such as race, gender, and gender expression, class, ability, and citizenship, shape our experience of sexual orientation?
The field of LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies has been rapidly expanding over the past 20 years as the result of the expansion of Women's and Gender Studies in which the need to separate gender and sexuality as categories of analysis has emerged, "queer theory" has had huge impact on cultural studies, as area studies and interdisciplinary work has developed, and in response to social movements and activism, including AIDS activism, increased visibility in media and mainstream culture, advances in obtaining civil rights, including domestic partner benefits and struggles over marriage, immigration, and other issues.
Now entering its fifth year, the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster brings together faculty, graduate students and undergraduates from across campus to share research in feminist and queer studies, the history of sexuality, and related fields. The cluster meets monthly for activities such as visiting speakers, presentation of UT faculty and student research, graduate student professional development, and pedagogy workshops. We co-sponsor events with units across campus, including English, British Studies, Asian-American Studies, African and African-American Studies, History, and Anthropology. In addition, we work with related groups on campus such as the Pride and Equity Faculty and Staff Association, the Gender and Sexuality Center, and the Queer Students Alliance. If you would like to join the research cluster, please contact either Ann Cvetkovich, or Graduate Assistant of the Research Cluster Michael Pascual.
U.T. Faculty Affiliated with the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster
If you would like to be added to this roster, please contact Michael Pascual.
Jemel Aguilar (Assistant Professor: School of Social Work)
Research Interests: juvenile justice, theory and model development, and community development
Relevant Courses: SW 360K Gender and Sexuality in Social Work Practice
Paul Bonin-Rodriguez (Assistant Professor: Theater and Dance)
Research Interests: Performance as public practice; the material aspects of artists' lives; funding and support of artists
Relevant Courses: TD 387D/TD 391 Community-Based Performance; TD 351S Seminar in Theater and Dance
Pascale Bos (Associate Professor: German and Netherlandic Studies, Comparative Literature, Jewish Studies, European Studies, Religious Studies, and Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: Dutch postwar literature and culture in comparative perspective; specialty area Jewish literature and literature about World War II (memory of WW II); German-Jewish literature and history; history and literature of the Holocaust; Holocaust and gender; WW II and gender, Holocaust and (trans-generational) trauma; 20th century European and US literature; cultural studies; autobiography.
Relevant Courses: LAH 350/CL 323/EUS 361/JS 365 Holocaust After Effects; GRC 323E/WGS 340/CL 323/E370W/EUS 361/RS 357/JS 363 Women and the Holocaust; DCH 375/EUS 361/WGS 340 Too Tolerant? Dutch Culture in International Perspective
Dana Cloud (Associate Professor: Communication Studies)
Research Interests: the critique of therapeutic discourse; feminist and Marxist theories and politics; rhetoric of "family values"; rhetoric of the U.S. labor movement
Relevant Courses: CMS 367 Gender and Communication, CMS 390R Feminist Theory and Rhetorical Criticism
Ann L. Cvetkovich (Professor: English)
Research Interests: GLBTQ studies; feminist theory; theories of gender and sexuality; 19th and 20th century American and British literature, especially the novel; popular culture; public feelings; trauma studies
Relevant Courses: E314J Difficult Dialogues: Religion and Sexuality; E370W Gender, Sexuality, and Migration; E370W Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture; E389P Public Feelings; Oral History, Testimony, and Memoir (grad, no course number yet)
Hector Dominguez-Ruvalcaba (Associate Professor: Department of Spanish and Portuguese)
Research interest: Queer Latin American studies, gender violence, organized crime.
Relevant courses: Gender Issues in Latin American Cinema; Queer Latin American Literature and Culture
Carolyn Eastman (Assistant Professor: History, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: Early American history; women's and gender studies; history of sexuality; the history of nationalisms and civic roles; history and theory of the media.
Relevant Courses: HIS 317L/WGS 301 U.S. Women, Gender, and Sexuality to 1865; AMS 370/HIS 350L/WGS 345 History of Sexuality in America, 1600-Present; HIS 392/WGS 393 Gender History and Theory in Europe and America; HIS 392 Gender and Public Space.
Dorie J. Gilbert (Associate Professor: School of Social Work, Women's and Gender Studies, African and African American Studies)
Research Interests: prevention and intervention with women and people of color living with HIV/AIDS; psychosocial adjustment in persons coping with multiple oppressions (racism, heterosexism, classism, sexism); child and adolescent racial identity and development; Africentric community-based practice.
Relevant Courses: SW 381S Foundations of Social Justice: Values, Diversity, Power, and Oppression; SW360K: Social Work with African American individuals and families
Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez (Associate Professor: Sociology, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: gender and sexuality of Mexican immigrant populations
Relevant Courses: SOC 340G/WGS 322 Sociology of Sexualities (undergrad); MAS 374/SOC 321K/WGS 340 Chicana/Latina Sexualities; SOC 321K/WGS 322 Sociology of Masculinities (no course number yet); SOC 395G/WGS 393 Sociology of Sexualities (grad), Qualitative Methods (grad); Sociology of Sexual Violence (grad, no course number yet)
Kathryn Hansen (Professor: Asian Studies, Religious Studies, South Asia Institute)
Research Interests: history of theatrical practices in South Asia, gender and performance, South Asian literary and cultural studies (modern period), South Asian languages (Hindi, Urdu), diaspora, ethnicity, and immigration
Relevant Courses: HIN 330 Identity at the Margins of Hindi Fiction; ANS 384/WGS 393 Theatre, Gender, and Performance in South Asia; ANS 372 Theatre and Drama in South Asia
Barbara Harlow (Professor: Comparative Literature, English, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: cultural politics and political cultures; third world studies; critical theory; prison and resistance writings and postcolonial studies (particularly Anglophone African and modern Arabic literatures and cultures)
Relevant Courses: E 360L Literature and Social Justice; E 397N Literature and Human Rights
Richard Heyman (Lecturer: Geography)
Research Interests: cultural geography, urban geography, critical theory, history of geography, pedagogy, public space
Relevant Courses: GRG 336 Contemporary Cultural Geography; GRG 356T/URB 354 Urban Publics; GRG 356T Introduction to Globalization; GRG 374 Frontiers in Geography
Neville Hoad (Associate Professor: English, Asian American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: Nineteenth-century British literature, Victorian anthropology and sexology, Darwin and social Darwinism, history of the Church Missionary Society, feminism in imperialism, colonial discourse studies, Anglophone postcolonial literature and theory, South African literature, critical race studies, theories of nationalism, Marx and western Marxism, Raymond Williams and British cultural studies, contemporary feminist theory in French and English, psychoanalysis (particularly Freud and Klein), lesbian and gay studies, queer theory, history of sexuality, international human rights law pertaining to sexual orientation, development and globalization theory
Relevant Courses: E376L The Literature of African AIDS; E389P Sexuality in Translation; E397M Homoerotics of Empire
Thomas K. Hubbard (Professor: Classics)
Research Interests: Greek and Roman literature; literary theory; the Classical tradition
Relevant Courses: CC348/WGS 340 Homosexuality in Antiquity; WGS 340 Cultural History of Homosexuality from the Renaissance to 1933
Coleman Hutchison (Associate Professor: English)
Research Interests: U.S. literature and culture to 1900, poetry, print culture, histories of sexuality, regional and national literatures, cultural sociology, working class studies, popular and folk music
Relevant Courses: E372L The American Renaissance
Robert Jensen (Professor: School of Journalism, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: feminist critiques of the media; pornography; questions of race through a critique of white privilege and institutionalized racism
Relevant Courses: N/A
Michael Johnson (Assistant Professor: French and Italian, Comparative Literature)
Research Interests: Classical and medieval rhetoric, Medieval European literature and culture, Sexuality and Gender Studies, Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis, European comics
Omi Osun Joni L. Jones (Associate Professor: Performance Studies in African and African Diaspora Studies; Director: The John L Warfield Center for African and African American Studies)
Research Interests: performance ethnography and videography around the Yoruba deity Osun; performance scholarship that focuses on identity, ethnography, African-based performance aesthetics, and Theatre for Social Change; the use of a jazz aesthetic among theatre artists with particular attention to Laurie Carlos, Daniel Alexander Jones, and Sharon Bridgforth; the work of The Austin Project- a collaborative venture among women of color artists, scholars and activists
Relevant Courses: TD 387D Performing Black Feminisms
Mary Celeste Kearney (Associate Professor: Radio-Television-Film)
Research Interests: feminist critical/cultural media studies, specifically girl's media culture.
Relevant Courses: Undergraduate: RTF 359S/WGS 345 Gender, Sexuality, and Rock Culture; RTF 359S/WGS 345 Girls' Media and Cultural Studies; RTF 359S/WGS 324 Women and Media Culture. Graduate: RTF 386C/WGS 393 Feminist and Queer Film Theory; Feminist Popular Music Criticism; RTF 386C/WGS 393 Feminist Television Criticism, RTF 386C/WGS 393 Girls' Media and Cultural Studies; RTF 386C Youth Cultures and Media; RTF 359s/WGS 324 - Queer Media Studies.
Ward Keeler (Associate Professor: Anthropology, Program in Folklore and Public Culture)
Research Interests: Symbolic, psychological anthropology, language and culture, anthropology and the performing arts; Indonesia and Burma
Relevant Courses: ANTH 391 Cultural Constructions of Masculinity/Self and Emotion: Masculinities; ANT 324L Cultures of Southeast Asia
Carl Matthews (Associate Professor: Interior Design, Historic Preservation, and Architecture)
Research Interests: Gendered space and design, gendered professions, language and identity in design disciplines, interdisciplinary work in design disciplines, relationship of the academy and design practice.
Relevant Courses: ARC/ARI 386M, ARC/ARI 350R. Gender, Identity, Space and Design.
Sofian Merabet (Assistant Professor: Department of Anthropology)
Research Interests: Socio-Cultural Theory, Psychoanalysis, Urban Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Middle East and North Africa
Relevant Courses: ANT 391 Sexuality and Culture, ANT 324L Queer Ethnographies, ANT 391 Gender and Masculinities in the Middle East
Lynn C. Miller (Professor: Theater and Dance, Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: autobiographical performance; solo performance and performance art; gender and performance; performative writing; adaptation of texts for stage and screen
Relevant Courses: TD 387D Writing for Solo Performance
Lisa L. Moore (Professor: English, Women's and Gender Studies, Comparative Literature)
Research Interests: transatlantic 18th century and Romantic literatures; Anglo-American women's literature; feminist and queer theory and the history of sexuality; visual studies; poetry and poetics.
Relevant Courses: E316K Masterworks of Literature: Women's and Gender Studies Emphasis; UGS 301 Feminism Now; E603B World Literature (Women Writers); E370W Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture; WGS 393 Theory in Action; E389P Lesbian Genres; E392M Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolution, E389P Queer Poetics; WGS 305 Intro. to WGS.
Martha Newman (Associate Professor: History, Religious Studies)
Research Interests: medieval history with an emphasis on religious mentalities; monastic miracle collections and monastic attitudes toward women and the poor
Relevant Courses: N/A
Yolanda C. Padilla (Professor: School of Social Work, Women's and Gender Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies)
Research Interests: Population studies focusing on racial and ethnic disparities in health and well-being with an emphasis on Mexican American children and families, poverty, immigration, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender families, and applications to social welfare policy development. Areas of practice specialization: policy analysis and community practice.
Relevant Courses: SW 360K Gays and Lesbians in American Society
Deborah Paredez (Associate Professor: Theater and Dance, African and African Diaspora Studies, Center for Mexican American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: Black and Latina/o performance and popular culture; race, gender, sexuality and American culture; cultural memory and performance
Relevant Courses: "Divas: Performing Race, Gender, and Sexuality"
Eric Darnell Pritchard (Assistant Professor: Rhetoric and Writing, English, African and African Diaspora Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research interests: literacy, rhetoric, oral history, African American literature, Queer studies, popular culture, black feminist theory, masculinity studies, performance
Relevant courses taught: ENG387M (Grad Seminar) "Queer of Color Theory"; RHE379C "Politics of Black Sexuality"; RHE 309K "Hip Hop Rhetorics"; RHE 330D "African American Rhetoric 1950-Present."
PJ Raval (Filmmaker and Assistant Professor: Radio Television and Film)
Research interests: queer film, queer characters and narratives
Relevant courses: N/A
Website and bio: www.unraval.com
Gabriela Redwine (Archivist and Electronic Records/Metadata Specialist: Harry Ransom Center)
Research interests: digital preservation, 19th- and 20th-century British and Southern African history and literature, the history of sexuality, archival representations of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, human rights literature
Areas of expertise: preservation of born-digital materials; LGBTQ and African resources at the Ransom Center
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Peter Rehberg (Associate DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Professor Department of Germanic Studies)
Research Interests: Queer Theory, Popular Culture, German Literature and Cultural Studies 20th and 21st centuries, Critical Theory
Relevant Courses: Sexual Politics in 20th Century Germany GRC 360 E; Queer Visual Culture (Graduate Course, Fall 2012, no course number yet); The Aesthetics of Pleasure: From Winckelmann to Freud and Beyond (Graduate Course, Spring 2013, no course number yet)
Ann Reynolds (Associate Professor: Art and Art History)
Research Interests: U.S. and European art, architecture, and visual culture after 1930; feminist theory; gender and sexuality studies; film.
Relevant Courses: FA 350 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies in the Fine Arts; ARH 359 Feminism and Visual Politics; ART 386P Feminism and Representation: The 1970s; ARH 386P Historical Memory and Models of Radical Practice; ARH 386P Film Cultures
Matt Richardson (Assistant Professor: English, African and African-American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: African American and Black British cultural studies; queer theory; feminist studies; film studies.
Relevant Courses: E 376M Contemporary African American Women's Fiction; E 389P Black Feminist Theory
Gretchen Ritter (Professor: Government: Asian American Studies; Director, Center for Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: American politics, constitutional development, and gender politics from a historical and theoretical perspective; the impact of work-family issues on gender equity in the United States; social movements; constitutional politics
Relevant Courses: GOV 382M Feminist Theory; GOV 384N/LAW 397S/WGS 393 Gender and the Constitution; GRS 390J/WGS 393 Diversity, Politics, and Leadership; WGS 391 Foundations II: Feminist Theories
Enrique Rodriguez-Alegria (Associate Professor: Anthropology, Latin American Studies)
Research Interests: archaeology, history, ethnohistory, colonial Mexico, Mesoamerica, Aztec civilization, the Spanish empire, colonialism, religious conversion, power, food, archaeometry (NAA and LA-ICP-MS), ceramic analysis
Sonia Seeman (Assistant Professor: Ethnomusicology)
Research Interests: the music of modern Turkey, the Ottoman Empire, and Southeastern Europe, specializing in Rom ("Gypsy") communities; emergent Turkish cultural expressions and ongoing configuration of ethnic and gendered identities in the wake of the European Union accession processes.
Relevant Courses: MUS 385J Music and Alterity; MUS 385J/WGS 393 Music, Gender, Sexuality
Alissa R. Sherry (Assistant Professor: Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling Psychology Program)
Research Interests: Adult Attachment; Personality Disorders; LGBTQ issues; ethics; family psychology; psychological assessment, particularly forensic psychology issues and family law.
Janet Staiger (Professor: Radio-Television-Film)
Research Interests: theory and history of American film and television; the Hollywood mode of production; the economic history and dynamics of the film industry and its technology; poststructural and postfeminist/queer approaches to authorial studies; the historical reception of cinema and television programs; cultural issues involving gender, sexuality, and race/ethnicity; historiographical practices in media studies; problems in the representation of gender (masculinity and queer studies) and sexuality and violence (slasher and sexually explicit films); theorization of emotions and genres
Relevant Courses: RTF 385K/WGS 393 Sexualities and U.S. Cinema; RTF 386C/WGS 393 Feminist and Queer Film Theory
Kathleen Stewart (Professor: Anthropology, Intercultural Studies in Folklore and Ethnomusicology)
Research Interests: ethnographic writing; cultural studies; U.S. public culture and political imaginaries; affect; Deleuze; ordinary life Appalachia; Las Vegas.
Relevant Courses: ANT 394M The Ordinary; Affect and Worlding
Allucquere (Sandy) Stone (Associate Professor: Radio-Television-Film)
Research Interests: New Media production, video production, performance, installation, gender and sexuality with emphasis on transgender, fantasy/science fiction
Relevant Courses: All ACTLab courses have at least partial LGBTQ content, including RTF 331R/RTF 390N/WGS 324/WGS 393 Trans: Dangerous Border Violations; RTF 331R/RTF 390N Weird Science; RTF 331R/RTF 390N Blackbox; RTF 331R/RTF 390N PostModern Gothic; RTF 331R/RTF 390N Death; Performance; When Cultures Collide; RTF 331R/RTF 393Q Dream and Delirium; RTF 331R/RTF 393Q Extreme Freestyle Hacking. See http://home.actlab.utexas.edu/courses.html for more information.
Sean M. Theriault (Assistant Professor: Government)
Research Interests: American politics; the U.S. Congress; American political development; political history; party polarization in the U.S. Congress; congressional elections.
Relevant Courses: GOV 312L The Politics of Marginalized Groups; FS 301 The Politics of the Catholic Church
Shane Whalley LMSW (Education and Outreach Coordinator: Gender and Sexuality Center; Lecturer: Social Work)
Research Interests: Ally development on college campuses and peer facilitation
Areas of expertise include: women's issues, gay, lesbian, and gender identity issues, and social justice
Relevant Courses: Runs a peer facilitation program called “Peers for Pride.” Courses for the program are: SW 360K/WGS 345 Confronting LGBTQ Oppression and SW 360K/WGS 345 Facilitating Dialogues on LGBTQ Oppression.
Christine Williams (Professor: Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies)
Research Interests: gender and sexuality in the workplace; men and women in nontraditional (gender atypical) occupations; persistent gender discrimination at work; sexuality and sexual harassment in a wide variety of workplace settings
Relevant Courses: SOC 333K/WGS 322 Sociology of Gender; SOC 340G/WGS 322 Sociology of Sexualities; SOC 395G/WGS 393 Readings in Gender and Sexuality
Zipporah Wiseman (Professor: School of Law)
Research Interests: commercial law, feminist legal theory, legal biography
Relevant Courses: LAW 379M Discrimination and Affirmative Action (undergrad); LAW 389G Gender and the Law (undergrad); LAW 381C Constitutional Law II: Sex and the Constitution; LAW 381C Constitutional Law II: Gender and the Constitution; LAW 397S Seminar: Nondiscrimination/Affirmative Action; LAW 397S Feminist Theory in Law