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Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department

Dr. Rachel Levitt

BA 2006, California State University, Northridge; MA 2008, California State University, Northridge; PhD Candidate 2017, University of New Mexico. Research interests: The violence of the normative, that is, the ways norms are forged, enforced and circulated violently through the intersecting discourses of race, class, gender, sexuality, nation, empire and settler colonialism.  My work tracks subject formations forged by activists, scholarly, legal, and state initiatives. I draw on feminist studies, queer studies, American Studies, Native American studies and critical ethnic studies to challenge the normative violences that inform how the subjects and objects of queer liberation are constructed and circulated within the US settler state.

Select Publications

"Silence Speaks Volumes: Decolonial Silences, Deafness, and Alliance Work." In Silence, Feminism, Power: Reflections on the Edges of Sound, edited by Aimee Carillo Rowe and Sheena Malhorta, 90-109. New York: Palsgrave Macmillan. (2013)

"Queer Theory," in The Critical Experience: Literary Reading, Writing and Criticism, Editors David Cowles and Gail Hoursont (Accepted by editor; collection under review by press) (2016)

Review of the book Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law. QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking. (Fall 2013)

Review of the book When Did Indians Become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty. American Indian Quarterly. Vol 36, No. 3 (summer 2012)

Courses

GWSS 105  Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

GWSS 510 Research Methods in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

Contact Info:

Office: 3B Leasure Hall

E-Mail: levitt@ksu.edu

Office Hours:

Mon & Wed 1:40pm to 3:40pm

and By Appointment