Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 2, Issue 2
Spring 2012
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editor, Linda Hase
Layout Design, Nick Appleby

Spring Letters from the Chairs of WGSS & LGBTS


from Marianne LaFrance
Chair, WGSS
Professor of Psychology

It's been (yet another) busy year for the Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program at Yale – courses, talks, awards, controversies, and a staff change ...

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from George Chauncey
Chair, LGBT Studies
Professor of History and American Studies

It's been my pleasure to serve as interim chair of LGBT Studies this spring. Much of my time was devoted to finding a replacement for John-Albert Moseley ...

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LGBTS Chair, George Chauncey, was recently awarded the Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities, primarily for his course on US Lesbian and Gay History. What an honor – Congratulations!

WGSS and Literature at Yale – A Personal View

by Margaret Homans


From the day I started teaching at Yale, I have been committed to the idea that literature – as part of the broader field of cultural representations – is central to the study of gender and sexuality in society. Much if not all of what people think of as "life" or "experience," including what we experience as impulses of the body, is mediated through language or other forms of representation ...

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Students' Perspectives on Courses

Virginia Woolf
WGSS 426

by Lily Lewis-McNeil

The blue-book and the student grapevine affirmed that Margaret Homans's seminar Virginia Woolf would give me an unparalleled opportunity to study and discuss the renowned author in depth ...

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Feminist Fictions
WGSS 339

by Samuel Huber

We are all familiar with that most aphoristic of Second-Wave feminist insights: the personal is political. In "Feminist Fictions," we read authors who have proven that the same holds true for the literary, either by insisting on the political significance of their writing or by having their texts reread and repositioned by others within a political context ...

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    Photo by Aaron Tukey

Alum Spotlight: Liza Grandia

Liza Grandia (B.A. Women's Studies 1996, Yale) has worked as an assistant professor at Clark University in the Department of International Development, Community and Environment since receiving her Ph.D in anthropology 2006 (University of California, Berkeley). In the fall, she will be moving to the University of California, Davis as an associate professor in Native American Studies. Inspired by ethnographic research for her honors thesis in Women's Studies on the invisibility of reproductive labor in economic accounting indicators like the GNP, she returned to northern Guatemala after graduation and established a regional reproductive health program called Remedios that had a dramatic impact on fertility rates (falling from 6.8 to 4.3 in just a decade) ...

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Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce Among the Q'eqchi' Maya Lowlanders (by Liza Grandia)

This impassioned and rigorous analysis of the territorial plight of the Q'eqchi Maya of Guatemala highlights an urgent problem for indigenous communities around the world--repeated displacement from their lands ...

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Photo by Laura Wexler

In Memoriam: Paula Hyman, 1946 – 2011

by Laura Wexler

All of us are busy, and heedless of the inexorability of loss. We seem instead to expect replenishment, as if it is inevitable and only what we deserve. Even Paula herself did not take much time to stop and deliberately commemorate. To pause in the limelight was not her way. For her, there was only the next student; the next book; the next project. Yet at her funeral, it was so impressive to hear how everyone spoke of her and to be reminded of all the things that Paula did and meant to so many people. I do wish we had gotten to tell her those things while she was alive, and not assumed that there would be time enough later ...

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Colloquium and Working Group

by Andrew E. Dowe

This fall, my fellow graduate student Emily Johnson and I returned to the third floor of William L. Harkness Hall, excited to join with Director of Graduate Studies Jill Campbell in convening the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium and Working Group. The Colloquium and Working Group extend a supportive home for rigorous interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration to graduate students. This mutual support characterizes Yale's WGSS community ...

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Colloquium and Working Group Election Results

Andrew Dowe and Devin McGeeham were elected co-leaders for the academic year 2012-13. Andrew, thank you for taking on this important task again. Devin, welcome to your new leadership position. And Emily, thank you so much for your years of service.

Seniors 2012


Seniors   Seniors and Faculty
l to r: Joan Gass, Rebecca Krumholtz, Esi Hutchful, Sally Walstrom, Micha'le Simmons. Not pictured: Mirtala Sanchez.    

WGSS and LGBTS 2012 Senior Essay prize winners

Steere Prize in Women's Studies: Winner, Joan Gass, Honorable Mention, Esi Hutchful
Lily Rosen Prize in Women's Health: Co-Winners, Katherine Orazem and Micha'le Ricara Simmons
GALA Senior Essay Prize: Winner: Joan Gass

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Welcome Joseph J. Fischel

WGSS has a new Assistant Professor, who has the honor of being the first designated faculty member of LGBT Studies. Joe comes to Yale after receiving his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He spent the last year in Providence doing postdoc work at Brown. His course work in academic year 2012-2013 includes an introductory course of LGBT Studies, Theories and Politics of Sexual Consent, and Sexuality and Social Justice. We're so glad to have him as part of the team!

Good Luck Liz Montegary

Liz has spent the last academic year offering her leadership and scholarship visiting in LGBT Studies. We wish her much success in her new pursuits at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

John-Albert Moseley:
An Appreciation

After a European grand tour over the December holidays, John-Albert returned to announce a major life change. He would be moving to Dorchester, MA, and taking a new position in the Astronomy Department at Boston University so he could be with his partner, who had proposed to him in Salzburg, Austria, during the trip. Whew! We at WGSS and LGBTS wish him great success in his new career and much happiness in his new life ...

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WGSS/LGBTS End-of-the-Year Party, May 2, 2012


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l to r: Cathy Cundiff, Susan Hart, Emily Bakemeier   l to r: George Chauncey, Craig Canfield

LGBTQThe Office of LGBTQ Resources has a revamped and informative website. Check it out!

New Books by WGSS Faculty Members

WGSS congratulates our affiliated faculty members who have published their recent scholarship.

PhotoWomanist Theological Ethics: A Reader
Edited by Katie Geneva Cannon, Emilie M. Townes, and Angela D. Sims

PhotoThe Cultural Sociology of Political Assassination
From MLK and RFK to Foruyn and van Gogh

Ron Eyerman

PhotoCaring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow
of the Welfare State
Jennifer Klein and Eileen Boris

PhotoThe New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East
Marcia C. Inhorn

For a full listing of books and materials published by WGSS Faculty, please visit the Faculty Book Shelf at http://wgss.yale.edu/books/faculty-books

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