Teaching

Proseminar in WGS

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

This seminar supports graduate students in becoming feminist scholars.  The focus is twofold: research methodology and professional development.  Readings, discussions, and assignments are designed to help students identify research strategies suited to the questions they wish to pursue in their dissertation research and develop a scholarly, teaching, and public intellectual profile in WGS studies.  Topics and central themes include: feminist epistemologies; qualitative, quantitative, and humanistic research methods; research ethics; disciplinarity and...

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Gender and Science: From Marie Curie to Gamergate

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

Why are women well represented in some fields of scientific study but not others?  How do gender beliefs influence the content of scientific knowledge?  How is gender encoded in the practices and norms of science?  This course explores the intersection of gender and science from Bacon’s seventeenth-century call to "raise a masculine science" to the present.  Topics include: girls, boys, and science education; gender and technology; women in the science professions; bias and objectivity in science; and gender and science in literature, film, and popular...

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Feminist Science Studies

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar provides an introduction to central texts, theories, and research methods in scholarship on gender and science. Students will gain a foundation in the historical development of feminist science studies and encounter fundamental and emerging debates in the field. Writing assignments can be tailored to support graduate students in any discipline.

WGS Junior Tutorial

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2015

This course supports the writing of the junior paper through seminar discussions and one-on-one tutoring.  In the seminar portion of the course, students discuss feminist methodologies across the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences through engagement with diverse readings from these fields.  In the practicum, students work with an individual tutor on a semester-long research project in their area of interest.

Class will meet Mondays from 3-5 pm.  Note: Required of all Honors concentrators in their junior year.  

Heredity and Reproduction

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

This seminar has two aims.  First, it offers a long view of the intellectual history of the Western sciences of human heredity and reproduction from Aristotle to the mid-twentieth century.  Participants will gain a broad understanding of the history of thought and scientific discovery at the nexus of heredity and reproduction.  Class discussion will take up themes of the nature of scientific claims to knowledge; conceptions of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the science of heredity and reproduction; and interactions between biology, politics, and culture.

Second...

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Medical Management of the Female Body

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

This upper-level seminar examines how Western medical knowledge, practices, and institutions define female health and normality and manage diseased and gender-variant female bodies. We will explore how medicine conceives of the female body as a medical problem or mystery and consider how race, class, and sexuality inflect medical conceptions of the female body. Topics include "female maladies," medicalization of childbirth and the pregnant body, medical management of transgender and intersex bodies, medical conceptions of ideal body weight and fitness, gender norms and cosmetic surgery,...

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Sex, Gender, and Evolution

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

Evolutionary theories of sex and gender and central controversies in human evolutionary biology from Darwin to the present. Topics include debates over the theory of sexual selection and the evolutionary basis of monogamy, sexual preference, physical attraction, rape, maternal instinct, and sex differences in cognition. Readings: primary texts and historical, philosophical, and feminist analyses.

Postgenomics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2013

How have the life sciences been transformed by the completion of the human genome projects and the arrival of whole-genome technologies?  Joining "postgenomic" assessments of the genome projects, this seminar examines the history and contemporary practice of genomics from a multidisciplinary perspective.  This course is intended primarily for graduate students.  Working with the professor, students will produce a substantive seminar research paper that may form the basis for future publishable work.

 

Science, Nature, and Gender

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2012

This seminar examines historical, philosophical, and social dimensions of science through the lens of gender. Students will pursue independent projects as well as explore methods in interdisciplinary and feminist pedagogy through the development of a General Education course on these themes for undergraduates. We will focus on the ways science has helped to construct and enforce cultural gender norms, as well as the ways gender valences scientific language, inflects science’s status as an authoritative social institution, and stratifies scientific communities. Course readings will offer a...

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Approaches to Research and Writing in WGS

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2011

The objective of this course is twofold: First, the course will provide a feminist analysis of methods and methodologies as intellectual frameworks within the social sciences, sciences, and humanities. We will focus on how feminist scholars challenge dominant theories of knowledge, engage feminist epistemologies, and employ feminist methodologies.  Second, the course will provide a practicum in feminist research methods, as students work on a collaborative research project over the course of the semester.  Working individually on a project related to students' interests and...

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The Postgenomic Moment

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2011

Joining "postgenomic" assessments of the genome projects, this seminar examines the history and contemporary practice of genomics from a multidisciplinary perspective. Topics include the role of technology, government funding, private industry, and race, gender, and nationality in the historical development of genomics; the ways in which genomic research challenges traditional conceptions of biology and science; and the implications of emerging trends such as direct-to-consumer genomics and whole-genome sequencing.