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Current Faculty Research

The Gender and Sexuality Studies program benefits from the participation of some 35 faculty members who teach and work in the fields of gender and sexuality studies.

Here is a sampling of the current research of some of our faculty:

Suzanne Churchill (English) is working on a project on avant-garde poet/playwright/artist Mina Loy's migration from Italian Futurism to New York Dada, an investigation that involves thinking about the role of gender in the early 20th century avant-garde.

Jessica Good (Psychology) is studying how and why women confront (as opposed to accept) sexism either for themselves or for other women, and how our evaluations of women who confront differ from our evaluations of those who do not.

Gayle Kaufman (Sociology) is the author of the just-published book Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century (New York University Press, 2013). She is currently working on several projects involving married men's ideologies and reality concerning wife's work, gender role attitudes, and work adjustments among new parents in Sweden; family transitions and gender role attitudes in Sweden; and paternity leave in the UK. 

Amanda Martinez (Communication Studies and Sociology) is co-editing a collection of essays tentatively titled Challenging Social Norms and Gender Marginalization in a Transitional Era.

Maggie McCarthy (German, Film Studies) is researching contemporary German feminism. She has recently published an article in the journal Studies in 20th and 21st Century Literature called "Feminism and Generational Conflicts in Alexa Hennig von Lange's Relax, Elke Naters' Lügen, and Charlotte Roche's Feuchtgebiete," and served as the co-editor of the Women in German Yearbook, which features scholarship on gender, from 2006-2009. She is expanding the project into a monograph, tentatively titled Mad Mädchen: Popfeminism and Generational Conflicts in Recent German Literature and Film.

Sally McMillen (History) is completing a biography of suffragist Lucy Stone and is co-editing two volumes of essays on prominent North Carolina women (the first volume will appear in February 2014).

Saeyoung Park (History) has argued in a recent paper for a reconfiguration of East Asian genealogies of gender through a close reading of fictional biographies of cross-dressing martial women in early modern Korea.

Susan Roberts (Political Science) is working on "The Politics of Reproduction" in which she considers themes of morality policy and framing. She examines contraception, access to abortion, the politics of sex education, surrogacy, eugenic sterilization, and the politics of assisted reproduction.

Patricia Tilburg (History) is completing a manuscript on the history of representations of female Parisian garment workers in popular culture and in social reform and labor activism from the 1880s through World War II.

Student Research

2013 McMillen Prize in Gender and Sexuality Studies Nominees

Caitlin Klein '13 - Recipient 2013 McMillen Prize: "Mothering in Contradiction: Localized Mothering Practices Amongst Contemporary Sex Workers in Johannesburg, South Africa"

Garrett Sauey '13 - "Incongruous Strands: Transness and Transcendency in Virginia Woolf's Orlando"

Sara Freeeman '13 - "Ideals of Marriage and Modernity in American Prescriptive Literature of the 1920s"

Wes Reynolds '13 - "'Mental Deficients' to Family Planning Clinics: The Human Betterment League's Representations of Eugenic Initiatives in North Carolina, 1947-1972"

Erin Trahey '12 - "Lots of Love, Va: Virginia Foster Durr and the Civil Rights Movement, 1938-1965"

Elizabeth Shin '14 - "Measuring the Effect of Positive Distinctiveness on Sexist Humor"

Rachel Loucks '14 - "Standing Up to Sexism: An Exploration of When, Why, and How We Confront"

Emily Romeyn '13 - "A Critical Examination of Gender Constructions in Abstract Ekphrasis"