courses

I have six years of experience working with diverse student populations at at public and private institutions including the University of Minnesota, University of Washington, Macalester College, and Bryn Mawr College. Check out some of my course descriptions and sample syllabi below.

 
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Gender, Race, and Mental Health

From concerns about female “hysteria” among the early Greeks to the diagnosis of “drapetomania” to explain the phenomenon of runaway slaves in America, mental health has long been a site of contestation over the meaning of racial and gender difference as well as a mechanism for producing forms of social inequality. This class brings a feminist cultural studies approach to understand the historical and contemporary linkages between race, gender, and mental health in U.S. society and culture. Students will develop a critical framework for thinking about how mental health itself has been socially and culturally constructed over time, paying attention to the intersections among race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and citizenship.


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Queer Cinema

This course investigates the queer potential and possibilities within cinema through an examination of specific social and political movements, theoretical and aesthetic traditions, filmmaking technologies, and reading practices. Queer cinema is deeply tied to the life experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and other queer-identified people, yet as a genre, “queer cinema” goes beyond merely representing GLBT lives and identities. Exploring topics such as queer spectatorship, racial representation and in/visibility, camp, gender performance, intersectionality, diaspora, borderlands, citizenship, activism, affect, and queer futurity, this course focuses on cinema itself as a queer critical praxis that envisions new ways of being in the world.


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American Popular Culture and Politics: 1900-present

From dance halls and silent film to comic books and music videos, popular culture has been central to struggles over the meaning ofnational belonging, “freedom,” and democracy. Rather than drawing a distinction between pop culture as a matter of private consumption and the more “serious” and public arena of politics, this course will consider the role of popular culture in shaping the nation’s political history, and in providing a lens to critically evaluate and rethink that history today.Exploring a wide range of popular cultural forms including amusement parks, vaudeville, fashion, music, film, photography, newspapers, and television, we will examine how popular culture has not only reflected but actively shaped the American political landscape from the early twentieth century to the present.

by subject

gender & sexuality studies

Introduction to Feminist Studies

The Politics of Sex

Gender, Sexuality and Politics in America 

Unruly Bodies and Forbidden Desires: Gender and Sexual Nonconformity in U.S. History

Gender, Race, and Mental Health

Writing the Body

media & cultural studies

Queer Cinema

Queering Popular Culture

American Popular Culture and Politics 1900-present

Writing the Body

health & disability studies

Introduction to Disability Studies

Gender, Race, and Mental Health

Health and Disability in the United States

U.S. history & politics

Power, Resistance, and Social Change 

Meanings and Realities of Inequality

American Popular Culture and Politics 1900-present