Gender Studies

Gender Studies


Interviews with scholars of gender about their new books.

Keja L. Valens, "Culinary Colonialism, Caribbean Cookbooks, and Recipes for National Independence" (Rutgers UP, 2024)

June 22, 2024

Culinary Colonialism, Caribbean Cookbooks, and Recipes for National Independence

Keja L. Valens
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Women across the Caribbean have been writing, reading, and exchanging cookbooks since at least the turn of the nineteenth century. These cookbooks are…

Allison Elias, "The Rise of Corporate Feminism: Women in the American Office, 1960-1990" (Columbia UP, 2022)

June 22, 2024

The Rise of Corporate Feminism

Allison Elias
Hosted by Jane Scimeca

From the 1960s through the 1990s, the most common job for women in the United States was clerical work. Even as college-educated women obtained greate…

Jennifer S. Clark, "Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women's Liberation" (U California Press, 2024)

June 21, 2024

Producing Feminism

Jennifer S. Clark
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How have women resisted sexism in TV? In Producing Feminism: Television Work in the Age of Women’s Liberation (U California Press, 2024), Jennifer S. …

Johanna Oksala, "Feminism, Capitalism, and Ecology" (Northwestern UP, 2023)

June 20, 2024

Feminism, Capitalism, and Ecology

Johanna Oksala
Hosted by Sarah Tyson

Can capitalism be made ecologically sustainable? Can it be good for women? What theoretical approaches help us to grapple with these questions in ways…

Anahit Behrooz, "BFFs: The Radical Potential of Female Friendship" (404 Ink, 2023)

June 20, 2024


Anahit Behrooz
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Friendships can be the foundation of our earliest memories and most formative moments. But why are they often seen as secondary to romantic, or famili…

PhDing While Parenting

June 20, 2024

PhDing While Parenting

Sisanda Nkoala

An increasing number of students worldwide attend graduate school while simultaneously navigating a variety of competing responsibilities in their per…

Harry R. McCarthy, "Boy Actors in Early Modern England" (Cambridge UP, 2022)

June 17, 2024

Boy Actors in Early Modern England

Harry R. McCarthy
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Boy Actors in Early Modern England: Skill and Stagecraft in the Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2022) by Dr. Harry McCarthy provides a new approa…

Michael V. Singh, "Good Boys, Bad Hombres: The Racial Politics of Mentoring Latino Boys in Schools" (U Minnesota Press, 2024)

June 16, 2024

Good Boys, Bad Hombres

Michael V. Singh
Hosted by Laura Kelly

The unintended consequences of youth empowerment programs for Latino boys Educational research has long documented the politics of punishment for boys…

Lisa M. P. Munoz, "Women in Science Now: Stories and Strategies for Achieving Equity" (Columbia UP, 2023)

June 16, 2024

Women in Science Now

Lisa M. P. Munoz

Women working in the sciences face obstacles at virtually every step along their career paths. From subtle slights to blatant biases, deep systemic pr…

Jessica Calarco, "Holding It Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net" (Portfolio, 2024)

June 15, 2024

Holding It Together

Jessica Calarco
Hosted by Dave O'Brien

How do unequal societies function? In Holding It Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net (Portfolio, 2024), Jesscia Calarco, an Associate Prof…

Gale L. Kenny, "Christian Imperial Feminism: White Protestant Women and the Consecration of Empire" (NYU Press, 2024)

June 13, 2024

Christian Imperial Feminism

Gale L. Kenny
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Amidst the global instability of the early twentieth century, white Christian American women embraced the idea of an “empire of Christ” that was racia…

More Than A Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech

June 13, 2024

More than a Glitch

Meredith Broussard

Today’s book is: More Than A Glitch: Confronting Race, Gender, and Ability Bias in Tech (MIT Press, 2024), by Meredith Broussard. When technology rein…

Casey James Miller, "Inside the Circle: Queer Culture and Activism in Northwest China" (Rutgers UP, 2023)

June 11, 2024

Inside the Circle

Casey James Miller
Hosted by Yadong Li

After the end of the Maoist era in the People's Republic of China, the rise of queer communities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) has generat…

Elisa Camiscioli, "Selling French Sex: Prostitution, Trafficking, and Global Migrations" (Cambridge UP, 2024)

June 9, 2024

Selling French Sex

Elisa Camiscioli
Hosted by Michael Vann

Selling French Sex: Prostitution, Trafficking, and Global Migrations (Cambridge UP, 2024) is an illuminating account of the cultural, social, and econ…

Michele Goodwin, "Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

June 8, 2024

Policing the Womb

Michele Goodwin
Hosted by Jane Richards

Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press, 2020) a brilliant but shocking account of the cr…

Jean Petrucelli et al., "Patriarchy and Its Discontents: Psychoanalytic Perspectives" (Routledge, 2022)

June 8, 2024

Patriarchy and Its Discontents

Jean Petrucelli, Sarah Schoen, and Naomi Snider
Hosted by Helena Vissing

Patriarchy and Its Discontents: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Routledge, 2022) joins luminaries in contemporary psychoanalysis with pioneers of feminis…

Emma Heaney, "Feminism Against Cisness" (Duke UP, 2024)

June 4, 2024

Feminism Against Cisness

Emma Heaney
Hosted by Clayton Jarrard

The contributors to Feminism Against Cisness (Duke UP, 2024) showcase the future of feminist historical, theoretical, and political thought freed from…

Eleanor Medhurst, "Unsuitable: A History of Lesbian Fashion" (Hurst, 2024)

June 3, 2024


Eleanor Medhurst
Hosted by Jana Byars

Eleanor Medhurst joins us today to talk about Unsuitable: A History of Lesbian Fashion (Hurst & Company, 2024). Clothes are integral to lesbian histor…

Aya Gruber, "The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration" (U California Press, 2020)

June 2, 2024

The Feminist War on Crime

Aya Gruber
Hosted by Ian Drake

Aya Gruber, a professor of law at the University of Colorado Law School, has written a history of how the women’s movement in America has shaped the l…

Sarah Nooter, "How to Be Queer: An Ancient Guide to Sexuality" (Princeton UP, 2024)

June 2, 2024

How to Be Queer

Sarah Nooter
Hosted by Mark Klobas

The idea of sexual fluidity may seem new, but it is at least as old as the ancient Greeks, who wrote about queer experiences with remarkable frankness…