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Current Visiting Scholars

Phyllis Thompson

2013-2014 Visiting Scholar in WGSS
Brown & Harvard University


Phyllis Thompson is the 2013-14 Visiting Scholar in WGSS. She holds degrees in American Studies and History from Brown and Harvard. Her research interests span 19th and 20th century American cultural history; representations of gender, race, and class; the history of sexuality; the body; the family and domesticity; childhood; the histories of love, intimacy, beauty, and taste; the relationship between text and image; photography; food culture.

Current Projects:

Phyllis Thompson’s dissertation, Domestic Pleasures: Dreams of Joy and Fulfillment in American Home Life, was a cultural history of licit pleasures within 20th-century North American domestic life. The project examines the ideals that have shaped the domestic activities and emotional experiences of upper-middle-class American women. She is at present expanding the scope of the project to address male experiences, particularly a growing involvement in food culture and radical domesticity. She is additionally in the early stages of a project addressing the development of taste as a transatlantic phenomenon, and the ways in which it has been a shifting gendered responsibility, with a particular focus on taste-makers and arbiters and their ever-evolving qualifications. A third project addresses the history of scholarly partnerships, and the specific role of the "academic wife."


We are pleased to welcome the following scholars to join the Northeastern University WGSS program for the 2014-2015 academic year:

Banu Subraniam, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Project: In India’s Modern Temples: Science, Religion, and the Making of Indian Biologies

Juli Grigsby, Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
Project: Grim Sleeper: Gender, Violence, and Reproductive Justice in Los Angeles

Beenash Jafri, Ph.D. Candidate in Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies, York University
Project: Brown Cowboys on Film: Race, Heteronormativity, and Settler Colonialism