Alumni Spotlight: Joseph Mann

I am indebted to the training I received in Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Kentucky. I came to GWS as a Psychology major interested in bridging theory and praxis in an Honors thesis project. I enrolled in my first GWS class, Social Movements, with Srimati Basu after seeing a flier on campus. Srimati’s enthusiasm for—and willingness to advise—my project was a warm welcome to the department’s diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars, whose passion for teaching and commitment to students’ success fostered my growth as an academic, writer, and social justice advocate. Srimati suggested new methods and itineraries for my research, Carol Mason encouraged brevity and precision in my writing, Jan Oaks and Patricia Cooper introduced exciting scholarly terrains on film and spirituality, and Susan Bordo consistently supported my community activism and interest in graduate school. With my training in GWS, I applied to—and accepted a Regents Fellowship at—University of California, Santa Barbara, where I completed a M.A. and advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in Feminist Studies. I am currently working on a dissertation that explores queer subjectivity in (former) British-settler colonies from the 1920s to present. I have lectured on my work in South Africa, Canada, Australia, and the United States, and I use fieldwork advised by Srimati in two forthcoming articles. I hope to attend an internship quarter at University of Melbourne in 2016, then complete the Ph.D. and apply for academic positions by fall 2017.

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