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September 16, 2015

Welcome Dr. Edmond Chang and Dr. Margaret Rhee

Photo of Drs. Chang, Rhee and StabileDear WGS faculty, students, staff, and supporters,

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Edmond Chang and Dr. Margaret Rhee to the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. Both are Visiting Assistant Professors of Women’s and Gender Studies and will be teaching new courses in the department this year, including:

WGS 199: Gender and Pop Culture (“Welcome to the Whedonverse”)
WGS 331: Science/Technology and Gender (“The Fembot, Women and Construction of Difference in Film and Media”)
WGS 422: Explicit Sex and Politics
WGS 422: Advanced Queer Theory
WGS 422: AIDS Art and Activism
WGS 422: Queer(ing) Video Game Studies

Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington, where he wrote a dissertation entitled “Technoqueer: Re/con/figuring Posthuman Narratives.” His areas of interest include technoculture, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, video games, popular culture, and contemporary American literature. He has recently published an essay on queerness and celebrity studies called “Gay for Brad” in Deconstructing Brad Pitt, “Teaching Harry Potter: Pedagogy as Play, Performance, and Textual Poaching” in Playing Harry Potter: Essays and Interviews on Fandom and Performance, and “Love is in the Air: Queer (Im)Possibility and Straightwashing in FrontierVille and World of Warcraft” in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking. He is also part of MLA Books’ forthcoming Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments authoring the keyword entry “queer.” For more information, see his website here.

Dr. Rhee received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in ethnic and new media studies in 2014. From 2014 – 2015, she was the Institute of American Cultures postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. She has published academic articles in Cinema Journal, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Visual Cultures and the Americas, and Amerasia Journal. She co-edited a special issue of Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology titled “Hacking the Black/White Binary,” with Brittney Cooper. She is currently working on a monograph How We Became Human: Race, Robots, and the Asian American Body. She is also a poet and new media artist. As a poet, she is the author of chapbooks Yellow (Tinfish Press, 2011) and Radio Heart; or, How Robots Fall Out of Love (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She co-edited Glitter Tongue: queer and trans love poems and Mixed Blood, a literary journal on race and innovative poetics edited by CS Giscombe. As a new media artist, she co-conceptualized a participatory action digital storytelling project in the San Francisco Jail.


June 11, 2015

WGS Spring 2015 Newsletter

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Happy summer everyone!

The WGS Spring term newsletter is now available. Check it out here.

You can also subscribe to receive it via email by clicking the button at the top. Inside: research updates, winners of our scholarships and awards, faculty awards, pictures of the Sally Miller Gearhart 2015 Lecture and more!

For those of you that like the paper newsletter, we will print a limited number of abbreviated copies to be distributed at graduation. Full versions will be printed and mailed in July, and will also be available as usual in the main office. If you would like to request a paper newsletter via mail, please contact the main office and we will make sure you receive one.

June 4, 2015

2015 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture In Pictures

The 2015 Sally Miller Gearhart lecture by Ana-Maurine Lara was a beautifully unique addition to the biennial lecture series tradition. Ana-Maurine Lara, award-winning author, scholar, and poet, gave a rich reading of some of her original poetry, incorporating visual imagery, movement, call-and-response and audience involvement through the reading of short poems.

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies would like to thank Dr. Lara, Carla Blumberg and Sally Miller Gearhart, the faculty and staff of WGS, students, members of the community and all who contributed to this event and the lecture series, whether through organization or attendance.

See you in 2017 for the next Sally Miller Gearhart lecture!


April 2, 2015

Professor Ernesto Martínez delivers keynote address at WGSS student research colloquium, PSU

Professor Martínez will give the keynote address at the 9th annual WGSS student research colloquium tomorrow, April 3 at Portland State University.

Talk details:

“On the Queer Practice and Racial Politics of Intelligibility”

How do queers of color develop reliable knowledge about their lives despite being subject to the ideological violence of racist and homophobic societies?

What importance do we attribute to the strategies queer people of color employ to resist such violence and to negotiate levels of intelligibility, and what are the implications of such interventions for social theory?

March 3, 2015

Visiting professor Erica Rand featured in Register Guard

Professor Erica Rand is a courtesy research associate at the University of Oregon this year while on sabbatical from Bates College, Maine. In Fall 2014, she taught WGS 422: Queer/Trans Sports Studies.

Off campus, Professor Rand is an avid figure skater, and has found a new home rink at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Check out her story at the Register Guard.

Professor Rand has also written a book about her experiences and the intersection of this unique sport with gender studies, Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice.

February 6, 2015

2015 Sally Miller Gearhart lecture announced

The 2015 Sally Miller Gearhart Lecture in Lesbian Studies has been determined! Please join us for the latest installment in this biennial lecture series.


January 22, 2015

Facilitator application period for Spring 2015 now open!

Dear students,

We have begun our search for WGS 101 discussion section facilitators for Spring 2015. Facilitators can be undergrads or grads who have taken WGS 101, and serve to guide discussion and help students in one discussion section each. Facilitators register for 4 credits of WGS 409 or 609 (this is the part where you attend the lecture and 1 discussion section) and 2 credits of WGS 413/513 (Feminist Pedagogy, a separate class) which meets once a week on Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:50 pm.

The application consists of a few short answer questions and can be found under Forms and Applications or outside our main office door (white sheet in the bottom left of the literature holders). Please deliver it in person or by email to the main office (, Hendricks 315) between the hours of 8-5, M-F.

The deadline is Thursday, February 5th at 5:00 pm. Instructors will review the applications and those selected to facilitate will be contacted by Tuesday, February 17th.

Depending on schedules, acceptance rates and volume of applications received, we may still accept more applications after the deadline. Watch our website or Facebook page for more information on this.

We look forward to working with you!

January 8, 2015

Professor Ellen Scott co-authors new University of Oregon report revealing Oregon’s growing economic crisis

On Thursday, researchers from the University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) and Department of Sociology released The High Cost of Low Wages, a new report that details the economic reality for Oregon’s low-wage workers in the post-recession economy.

The report found that over 400,000 Oregonians – roughly 25 percent of the state’s entire workforce – are employed in low-wage work. Further, about one in 7 Oregon workers receive public assistance.

The report offers new data on the costs of public assistance low-wage workers in Oregon must rely on to make ends meet and how taxpayers are supporting a new form of corporate subsidy to the largest companies employing low-wage workers in the state. Each year, taxpayers spend over $1.7 billion to subsidize corporations’ reliance on a low-wage workforce. Large, profitable corporations in retail, fast food, and health care employ the largest share of low-wage workers using public assistance.

The report also recommends a set of policy solutions that stand to improve economic opportunity for Oregon’s working families while reducing corporate welfare and strengthening the state’s economy.

For the full report click here (

December 12, 2014

WGS Fall 2014 Newsletter


Season’s greetings!

To keep news fresh and conserve paper, we have moved to a twice-annual e-newsletter (Fall and Spring)! Check out our Fall newsletter here.

You can also subscribe to receive it via email by clicking the button at the top. Inside: a list of the year’s upcoming classes, faculty news, events, congratulations to scholarship winners and more!

For those of you that like the paper newsletter, we will print a limited number of Spring copies to be distributed at graduation. They will also be available as usual in the main office. If you would like to request a paper newsletter via mail, please contact the main office and we will make sure you receive one.

December 5, 2014

Brand new class for Winter term: Gender, Race and Performance!

Hello students! We just rescheduled one of our brand new winter classes to a friendlier time than 8:30 am. It will now be at 10 am M/W and is taught by our new faculty member Lani Teves, who comes to us from Hawai’i and Michigan. The class focuses on different types of performance and how they impact gender, racial and sexual identities. Check out the attached flyer for more! Click here for the PDF version

Flyer for WGS 410

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