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Current Visiting Scholars


Phyllis Thompson

2013-2014 Visiting Scholar in WGSS
Brown & Harvard University

Biography:

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."

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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