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Faculty Research

Faculty Research

In addition to being educators, our department’s faculty are researchers in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. Below are just some of the examples of publications, books and art installations that our faculty have completed in the last year. 

Berger, M. T. (2021). Black Women’s Health: Paths to Wellness for Mothers and Daughters.

From heart disease and diabetes to HIV and obesity, Black women and girls face serious health risks, lagging behind their white counterparts by every measure of health, well-being, and fitness. In Black Women’s Health, Michele Tracy Berger shows us why this is the case, exploring how the health needs of Black women and girls are uniquely rooted in their experiences with racism, sexism, and class discrimination.

Drawing on interviews with mothers and their daughters, as well as compelling medical data, Berger provides insight into the larger patterns that place Black women at such high risk on a national level. She shows how Black mothers communicate with their daughters about health, sexuality, and intimacy, including how they attempt to promote healthy living standards even as they navigate widespread, systemic challenges.

Ultimately, Berger highlights the important role that family—and specifically, the relationship between mothers and daughters—plays in improving public health outcomes. Black Women’s Health takes a much-needed, intimate look at how Black women and girls navigate different paths to wellness.

Baker, C. N., Dove-Viebahn, A., Berger, M. T., Rios, C., & Jolna, K. (January 01, 2020). Amplifying Our Voices: Feminist Scholars Writing for the Public. Feminist Formations, 32, 2, 29-51.

The current moment is a critical time for feminist scholars to engage in the public sphere. Feminist scholars can play a vital role in bringing to light marginalized perspectives and an interdisciplinary, intersectional analysis of current events. This essay focuses on public engagement through writing for the popular press. As feminist scholars, writers, and editors, we employ our work with Ms. magazine as a case study in order to discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for the public. We argue that developing and amplifying one’s public voice through writing for the popular press is an important form of activism for feminist scholars.

McMahon, K., Berger, M., Khalsa, K. K., Harden, E., & Khalsa, S. B. S. (March 01, 2021). A Non-randomized Trial of Kundalini Yoga for Emotion Regulation within an After-school Program for Adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30, 3, 711-722

This study examined the effects of the Kundalini Yoga-based Y.O.G.A for Youth (Y4Y) after-school program on adolescents’ self-reported emotion dysregulation and psychological functioning.

Results from this study suggest that the students who participated in the Y4Y program reported significant decreases in emotion dysregulation over the 6-week program. They also reported significant decreases in anger, depression and fatigue over one yoga session. Students in the comparison condition only reported significant decreases in fatigue over one session of the program but reported no significant changes in any of the other outcomes.

Lau, J. (2021) Trans. In K.W. Tompkins (Eds.), Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies (pp. 237-40). New York: New York University Press

Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies introduces readers to a set of terms that will aid them in understanding the central methodological and political stakes currently energizing feminist and queer studies. The volume deepens the analyses of this field by highlighting justice-oriented intersectional movements and foregrounding Black, Indigenous, and women of color feminisms; transnational feminisms; queer of color critique; trans, disability, and fat studies; feminist science studies; and critiques of the state, law, and prisons that emerge from queer and women of color justice movements.

Many of the keywords featured in this publication call attention to the fundamental assumptions of humanism’s political and intellectual debates—from the racialized contours of property and ownership to eugenicist discourses of improvement and development. Interventions to these frameworks arise out of queer, feminist and anti-racist engagements with matter and ecology as well as efforts to imagine forms of relationality beyond settler colonial and imperialist epistemologies

Reflecting the interdisciplinary breadth of the field, this collection of seventy essays by scholars across the social sciences and the humanities weaves together methodologies from science and technology studies, affect theory, and queer historiographies, as well as Black Studies, Latinx Studies, Asian American, and Indigenous Studies. Taken together, these essays move alongside the distinct histories and myriad solidarities of the fields to construct the much awaited Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Lau, J. “His Body of Work, the Work of His Body: The Chronicles of Christopher Lee and Respect After Death.” Amerasia Journal, Vol. 46, Issue 2, 2020, pp. 202-217

This article examines the cultural and political work of transgender Chinese and Polish American filmmaker Christopher Lee through the affects of Lee’s autobiographical documentary short Christopher’s Chronicles – Chapter 1 (1996) and the work Lee’s queer/trans of color family performed to pass California’s Respect After Death Act (2014) to get Lee’s correct gender identity recorded on his death certificate. It argues that positioning the politics and affect of Chronicles next the actions of Lee’s queer/trans of color family through the Respect After Death Act allows us to rethink Asian American gendered citizenship through kinship, time, and affect.

Else-Quest, N. M., French, A. M., & Telfer, N. A. (2022, June 13). The Intersectionality Imperative: Calling in Stigma and Health Research. Stigma and Health. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sah0000397

In drawing attention to the power, privilege, and inequities embedded in multiple interconnected social categories like gender, race, and class, intersectionality is a critical theory and approach well-suited to stigma and health research. With deep historical roots in 19th century Black feminism, intersectionality has traveled generatively across diverse disciplines. Like stigma, intersectionality is fundamentally about the power conferred by our social context. Like stigma research, intersectional research ultimately aims to rectify inequities and promote the well-being of members of stigmatized or marginalized groups. Using an intersectional approach in stigma and health can guide research aims; prompt new questions, and reframe, reconceptualize, or discover psychological phenomena or processes, as well as empower members of stigmatized groups and address disparities and inequities. It can be deployed to think innovatively about
differences, similarities, connections, and coalitions among intersectional groups, or to analyze how institutions perpetuate disparities. Acknowledging the important contributions made by stigma and health research within an intersectional approach, we call in stigma and health researchers who either question intersectionality’s relevance to their work or want to explore its applicability or feasibility. Reflecting on some of the debates within intersectionality scholarship around what intersectionality is, who it is for, and how it can be implemented, we also point to future directions for research. We affirm the intersectional imperative to identify and rectify inequities and disparities that construct and result from intersecting systems of oppression, while acknowledging a diversity of interpretations and methods that embrace that guiding principle.

Else-Quest, N., & Hyde, J. S. (2022). The psychology of women and gender: Half the human experience +.

With clear, comprehensive, and cutting-edge coverage, The Psychology of Women and Gender: Half the Human Experience + delivers an authoritative analysis of classical and up-to-date research from a feminist, psychological viewpoint. Authors Nicole M. Else-Quest and Janet Shibley Hyde examine the cultural and biological similarities and differences between genders, noting how these characteristics can affect issues of equality. Students will come away with a strong foundation for understanding the dynamic influences of gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in the context of psychology and society. The Tenth Edition further integrates intersectionality throughout every chapter, updates language for more transgender inclusion, and incorporates new content from guidelines put forth from the American Psychological Association.

Sun, S., Else-Quest, N. M., Hodges, L. C., French, A. M., & Dowling, R. (July 03, 2021). The Effects of ALEKS on Mathematics Learning in K-12 and Higher Education: A Meta-Analysis. Investigations in Mathematics Learning, 13, 3, 182-196.

As remote learning technologies play an increasingly larger role in education, clear evidence of effectiveness is needed for widely used online learning technologies, such as Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS). By adapting to individual students’ knowledge states and personalizing interactive practice and feedback, ALEKS may potentially support learning in mathematics, which is foundational for success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Given the mixed findings about the effects of ALEKS in previous research, we conducted a meta-analysis to examine if ALEKS was as effective as traditional instruction in mathematics education. Our analysis included 56 independent effect sizes obtained from 9,238 students in K-12 schools and institutions of higher education participating in 33 research studies between 2000 and August 2020. Results indicated that learning performance with ALEKS was comparable to that with traditional instruction

Else-Quest, N. M.  & Hyde, J. S.  (2021).  Intersectionality and quantitative methods in psychology. In S. Crasnow & K. Intemann (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Feminist Philosophy of Science.

The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Philosophy of Science is a comprehensive resource for feminist thinking about and in the sciences. Its 33 chapters were written exclusively for this Handbook by a group of leading international philosophers as well as scholars in gender studies, women’s studies, psychology, economics, and political science.

An Essay about Prof. Susan HArbage Page’s artwork ‘Passport’
“Passport”, by Deborah Willis, Edited by Teka Selman. Southern Cultures Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2020, pp.78-79 (article)

Artist Susan Harbage Page uses her US passport (collaged here) to explore her relationship to citizenship, mobility, and access. This self-reflexive art piece figures gold leaf as a signifier of treasured possession and links notions of worth and wealth with inclusion in the body politic and privilege. Page’s choice of material calls to mind illuminated manuscripts and sacred paintings, the precious metal reserved for depictions of what was most revered—the divine, sainted, and celestial. A malleable element imagined alchemical. A color evoking worth(iness), currency, fortune, and means. By gilding her passport, Page renders its emblematic privileges into an explicit “golden ticket.”

A newspaper about Prof. Susan HArbage Page’s Art Installation ‘Prop Master’
How artists and arts institutions lead the conversation on race in America“, by Adam Parker, Post and Courier, Charleston, SC, July 25, 2020

That installation by Juan Logan and Susan Harbage Page was a brutally honest interpretation of the Gibbes’ holdings and history. It brought to the surface the institution’s ingrained biases and its failures, revealing at the same time aspects of Charleston culture that generally are hidden away or ignored. It was the museum’s great reckoning with its identity, mission and history. Since then, the Gibbes has added many works by Black artists to its collection, hosted public conversations about race and art, provided support to local artists, acknowledged an array of noteworthy artists through its 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, and more.

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