Academics and volunteers who have contributed to Assuming Gender

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Joshua Adair is an associate professor of English at Murray State University where he also serves as the coordinator of Gender & Diversity Studies and director of the Racer Writing Center. His recent publications include Defining Memory: Local Museums and the Construction of History in America's Changing Communities, Second Edition (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017, edited with Amy K. Levin). His work has also appeared in Museum & SocietyInterdisciplinary Literary StudiesThe Offing and elsewhere. [Read article]

Anne E. Bailey Anne Bailey completed her doctorate in July 2010, and currently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford. Her research interests include saints’ cults and pilgrimage, hagiography, women’s religious history, and medical history, focusing chiefly on England during the High Middle Ages. [Read article]

Megan Behrent is an Assistant Professor of English at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. Her research focuses on literature and social movements, in particular texts associated with second-wave feminism, and the intersection between race, gender, sexuality and class in twentieth and twenty-first century American literature. She is a contributor to Inside Our Schools (Harvard Education Press) and Education and Capitalism (Haymarket Books) and has been published in the Critical Survey of American Literature, Workplace: A Journal of Academic Labor, NYS TESOL Journal, the International Socialist Review, Labor Notes, New Politics and the Harvard Educational Review[Read article]

Virgil W. Brower taught Ethics at the Chicago Police Academy and is currently the Full-Time Lecturer of Philosophy at Chicago State University, where he teaches Logic, Ethics, Critical Theory, and Comparative Religion. He is a double doctoral candidate in the Theology, Ethics, and Human Sciences division of The Chicago Theological Seminary and the Program in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University, where he co-directs The Paul of Tarsus Interdisciplinary Working Group. A past Fellow of the Paris Program in Critical Theory, he studied Critical Theory with Jacques Derrida at the University of California at Irvine, Phenomenology with Jean-Luc Marion at the Sorbonne, and L’écriture féminine with Hélène Cixous at the University of Paris-VIII. Recent essays include “The Taste to Come” in Postscripts (2008), “Speech and Oral Phenomena” in French Literature Series (2011), and “Beeing and Time: The Bug in Dasein’s Mouth” in Spinning Webs of Wonder (forthcoming, Museum of Natural History-Toulouse). [Read article]

Jake Buckley recently completed his PhD, ‘Queer Fordism: Technological Bodies Moving Otherwise’, at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University. His research interests are cultural studies of technology, time, and the body; touch and tactility when digital media devices become unresponsive; sexuality studies, in particular queer theory and queer temporality; and feminist studies, especially the critical history of twentieth-century feminism and the feminist waves paradigm. He is currently employed at the University of Wales, Newport. Correspondence to: [Read article]

Samara Anne Cahill is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She specializes in English literature of the ‘long’ eighteenth century (1660-1800), with an emphasis on issues of gender, religion, and nationalism. She received her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. Her article ‘Porn, Popery, Mahometanism, and the Rise of the Novel: Responses to the London Earthquakes of 1750’ is forthcoming in Volume 2 of Religion in the Age of Enlightenment (AMS Press, 2010). [Read article]

Sarah Williams Clausen [Read article]

Sandra Cox is an assistant professor at Pittsburg State University,  where she teaches American Literature, Film and Media Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas. Her research on the intersections of national identity, race, gender, sexuality and socio-economic class has been published in a handful of edited volumes, and appeared in the journals AntipodasInterdisciplinary Literary StudiesSouthwestern American LiteratureStudies in American Indian Literature, Red Feather, Parlour, [inter]sections, The Watchung Review and, most recently, Postcolonial Interventions. Her first book, An Ethics of Reading, was published in 2015. [Read review]

Kat Deerfield is a PhD student in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy in Cardiff University, and a member of the Assuming Gender editorial team. Her work on space travel and feminist theory is included in the Rowman & Littlefield collection Radical Space (eds.) Fae Brauer, Maggie Humm and Debra Benita Shaw (forthcoming 2015). [Read article] [Read review]

Jeremy Fernando is the Jean Baudrillard Fellow at The European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland. He works in the intersections of literature, philosophy, and the media; and is the author of Reflections on (T)error (2008), The Suicide Bomber; and her gift of death (2010), Reading Blindly (2009), and Writing Death (2011). Exploring other media has led him to film, music, and art; and his work has been exhibited in Seoul, Vienna, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He is the general editor of both Delere Press, and the thematic magazine One Imperative; and also a Fellow of Tembusu College at the National University of Singapore. [Read article]

Katie Garner is a PhD student and Postgraduate Tutor in English Literature at Cardiff University, Wales, UK. Her doctoral thesis looks at women writers’ imaginative and scholarly responses to the medieval revival in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. She is the co-author (with Rebecca Munford) of an essay-length entry on ‘Feminism’ in The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory: Literary Theory from 1966 to the Present (ed.) Robert Eaglestone (2010). Her forthcoming publications include an entry on ‘Liminality’ for The Encyclopedia of the Gothic (eds) William Hughes, David Punter and Andrew Smith (forthcoming 2011), and an article on Angela Carter and the visual arts. She is also a member of the editorial team for Assuming Gender. [Read review]

Danielle Mariann Dove is a PhD Researcher at the University of Surrey. Her current research centres on dress, fashion, and materiality in neo-Victorian literature and culture. She works as a Research Assistant on the ‘Celebrity, Citizenship, and Status’ strategic project at the University of Portsmouth and is an editorial assistant for the online, academic journal: Victoriographies (Edinburgh University Press). Along with Allison Adler-Kroll, Danielle is editor of Neo-Victorian Materialities which is under contract with Palgrave Macmillan. [Read review]

Cecilia Gordano is currently in her first year of the Information and Knowledge Society Doctorate Programme, at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. In 2009 she received the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Universidad de Granada (Spain). She received her BSc in Social Communication from the Universidad Católica del Uruguay (2005) and she attended courses at the National Fine Arts School in Montevideo, Uruguay, for six years. Between 2005 and 2007 she worked at the feminist NGO, Cotidiano Mujer, with tasks related to communication and the dissemination of activities, as well as the coordination of computer literacy courses for grassroots women in Montevideo. [Read article]

Sophia Davidson Gluyas [Read article]

Johann Gregory is researching how Shakespeare represented ideas about literature on the stage. His research engages particularly with the notion of audience expectations. Supervised by Prof. Richard Wilson, he is completing his doctoral research on Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida at Cardiff University where he teaches on a medieval and Renaissance literature course. His latest publications include an article on paratexts and matters of taste in the journal Shakespeare, with book or theatre reviews in Cahiers Élisabéthains, English Studies, Shakespeare and forthcoming in Notes and Queries. This year he presented papers at Geneva University and for Derrida Today in London. He manages the blog Cardiff Shakespeare. [Read article]

David Andrew Griffiths is a PhD student, currently undertaking a multidisciplinary research project within the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (CCCT) at Cardiff University and the Centre for the Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (Cesagen), a research group based at Cardiff and Lancaster University funded as part of the ESRC Genomics Network (EGN). The project focuses on the relation between the biological and the social, using resources from feminism, queer theory and evolutionary science. His research interests include gender and sexuality studies, in particular queer theory; evolutionary science, including non-Darwinian theories of evolution; quantum mechanics and diffraction as a theoretical approach; animal studies and companion species; and symbiogenesis and its relation to sociality. [Read article]

Rhi Humphrey is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. Their research addresses trans and intersex rights activism and activist relationships in the UK, Malta and Australia. They hold a BA(hons) in English Studies from the University of Stirling, an MA in Critical and Cultural Theory from Cardiff University, and an MRes in Equality and Human Rights from the University of Glasgow. Their research interests include activism, gender, queer theory, and sexuality. They have published on queer methodologies for community based research; barriers to education faced by trans students; and the ways trans media representation affects trans audiences. In addition to academic work they have been involved in sexuality, gender, disability, and student activism for over 10 years. [Read review]

Michelle Iwen received her BA and MFA from Arizona State University and is currently completing her PhD in Critical and Cultural Theory at Cardiff University. Her dissertation focuses on the discursive constructions of madness, medicine, and the body as reflected in women's writing of the eighteenth century. Her research interests include Foucauldian studies, gender studies, material culture, and the body. She has published previously in Gender Forum, and is Guest Editor of the Assuming Gender Special Issue on Bodies (2:1) [Read review]

Alice Leonard specialises in Shakespeare, theory and the Philosophy of Language. She is researching for a PhD at Warwick University in the English and Comparative Literature Department under the supervision of Jonathan Bate and Thomas Docherty. Her thesis is titled: ‘Shakespeare’s Metaphysical Realm’, where she uses close linguistic analysis to explore Shakespeare’s extreme, figurative and abstract language. She is interested in literary and philosophical crossovers and takes an interdisciplinary approach to Shakespeare. She completed a BA in English Literature and Philosophy and an MA in English Literature in Shakespeare: History and Theory at Cardiff University. [Read article]

Kevin James Lewis [Read article]

Ken Junior Lipenga [Read article]

Elisabeth Mincin [Read article]

Hannah O'Connor [Read review]

A. Nicole Pfannenstiel is a doctoral student at Arizona State University in the English Department focusing on Rhetoric and Composition. [Read review]

Katie Rose Guest Pryal teaches rhetoric, composition, and legal writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her law degree in 2003 and her doctorate in rhetoric and composition in 2007. Her research interests include rhetoric, pedagogy, law, and gender/sexuality studies. She is the author of A Short Guide to Writing About Law (Pearson 2010) and co-author of Core Grammar for Lawyers (Carolina Academic Press 2010). Her web site is [Read article]

Anindya Raychaudhuri is a British Academy Post Doctoral Fellow in the Department of English Language and Literature, University College London. He completed his PhD in 2010 from Cardiff University, researching the representations of gender and memory in the narratives of the Spanish Civil War. He is currently researching the collective memory and cultural representation of the 1947 Indian Partition and has published an examination of the representation of Partition in the works of the Bengali film director Ritwik Ghatak in the journal Social Semiotics. His other research interests include TV Science Fiction, Marxist and postcolonial theory, graffiti, urban studies, and subculture studies. He has written on, among other things, Doctor Who, food in detective fiction, the works of Christopher Caudwell and on British graffiti-artist Banksy. He is currently editing a collection of essays called Spanish Civil War: History, Memory, Representation to be published by the University of Wales Press in 2012. He is also a founding editor of Assuming Gender. [Read article] [Read review]

Helen Sivey [Read review]

Samantha Sperring [Read article]

Roberta Lynne Staples [Read article]

Nicole A. Thomas Dr Nicole A. Thomas received her PhD in English Literature from Cardiff University in 2013. The title of her thesis was The Daughers of Modron: Evangeline Walton’s Feminist Re-Visioning of the ‘Mabinogi’. Dr Thomas’s field of research encompasses feminist theory, genre fiction, and Welsh medieval literature, with a specific focus on fantasy fiction and the Mabinogi. Her essay, ‘Branwen’s Shame: Voicing the Silent Feminine in Evangeline Walton’s The Children of Llyr’ was published in Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture: Essays and Adaptations in Literature, Film, Television and Digital Media (2011). She is currently an adjunct instructor in English Literature at Southern New Hampshire University. [Read article]

Susanne Wegener completed her MA in American Studies at LMU Munich in 2008. She is a research assistant and a Ph.D. student at the Department of English and American Studies at Salzburg University since October 2008. Her doctoral thesis is concerned with concepts of 'risk' and 'specula-tion' in contemporary speculative fictions of the North-American Pacific Rim. Susanne Wegener has published on the work of Truman Capote, Siri Hustvedt, Larissa Lai, Karen Tei Yamashita and Kathryn Bigelow. Her research interests are theories of fictionality, narratology, economic criticism, law and literature, and transnationalism. [Read article]

Jennifer Dawn Whitney is a PhD student at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff University, Wales. Her research interests include: feminist theories, psychoanalysis, humanism and the posthuman, popular culture, and girlhood studies. She is a founding editor of the online academic journal, Assuming Gender. [Read article]

Lauren Zwicky holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Miami. Faculty at Metropolitan State University, her research, situated within gender & sexuality and critical media studies focuses on the female body in culture, in print, and on film. Examining intersections of gender, sexuality, race and class, she is particularly interested in the politics of representation as they shift away from monolithic depictions of female subjectivity. She has essays forthcoming in three edited collections including: “Girls will be Boys and Boys will be Girls: Kink and Queer Becoming in Middlesex and Annabel” which will be published in Pretty In Kink: Representations of Kink in Popular Culture edited by Amber Clifford and Brenda Walter and “We Have to Know Our Biology: The Body, Power, and Patriarchy in The BBC’s Orphan Black” which will appear in Representations of women in STEM on Television edited by Ashley Carlson. [Read article]