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Undergraduate Student Updates

Lauren Goldstein (2018, Communication Studies and GSS)
Lauren Goldstein was awarded a Summer Internship Grant from NCA and will be interning in the Social Media department of Birchbox in New York this summer.

Ying Han (2018, Biological Sciences and GSS)
Ying Han was accepted as a 2018 Japanese MEXT Scholarship research student to study at Osaka University from October 2018 to March 2020 under Professor Kitahara Megumi in the Graduate School of Letters, where she will continue exploring her interests in Japanese literature and GSS.

Graduate Student Updates

Savina Balasubramanian (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
Savina Balasubramanian’s article, “Motivating Men: Social Science and the Regulation of Men’s Reproduction in Postwar India,” was recently published in Gender & Society. Savina will start a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago in Fall 2018.

Karlia Brown (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
Karlia Brown received an Alumni Funds Grant from the Sociology Department, as well as a Summer Research Grant from SPAN.  Additionally, she presented her paper “How Women Studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Perceive Traditionally ‘Feminine’ Fields and the Women Who Pursue Them” at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA in August 2018.

Ivan Bujan (PhD Candidate, Performance Studies)
Ivan was a TA for GSS for the 2017-2018 school year.  He published a chapter in Viral Dramaturgies: HIV and AIDS in Performance in the Twenty-First Century entitled “Blue Is, Blue Does: A Performance about Truvada in Several Interactions.”  He presented a paper at the American Studies Association (ASA) in Chicago entitled “PrEP4Love: World-making Performances as Pedagogies of Dissent.”  Additionally, Ivan organized a workshop co-sponsored by GSS and SPAN: “RAGE IS SUSTAINABLE ONLY WHEN SHARED: a workshop for the angry and the hopeful by Charles Long and Theodore Kerr, members of an activist collective What Would an HIV Doula Do?”  He also received a Summer Research Grant from SPAN and a Graduate Research Grant from TGS.

Cara Nash Dickason (PhD Candidate, Screen Cultures)
Cara’s chapters “Girls Worth Looking At: Surveillance, Race, and Class in Contemporary Teen Girl TV” and “‘Someone Was Watching Us’: Surveillance and Spectatorship in Pretty Little Liars” were published in the collections Mediated Girlhoods, Vol. 2, and ABC Family to Freeform, respectively. With support from SPAN she presented work on gender and surveillance in early television at the conferences Console-ing Passions and Film and History, and on girls’ sexual selfies at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and the University of Chicago Cinema and Media Studies conferences.

Alyssa Lynne (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
Alyssa Lynne received a Buffett Institute Graduate Student Dissertation Research Award and a SPAN Summer Research Grant in Summer 2017 to conduct ethnographic research with kathoey in Bangkok, Thailand. She presented at the 2018 Engendering Change Conference at University of Chicago and completed her second year paper, entitled, “‘Being You is Not Sick’: (De)medicalization of Thai Kathoey Identity.” Alyssa was also awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship (FLAS) to study intermediate Thai at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) during Summer 2018 and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) for 2018-2022.

Mollie McQuillan (PhD Candidate, Human Development and Social Policy)
Mollie McQuillan developed and instructed the SESP undergraduate course, “Gender Identity Development, Minority Stress, and Policies: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.”  She received support from the 2017 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 2017-2019 Northwestern University Presidential Fellowship, and the Summer 2017 Sexualities Project at Northwestern University (SPAN) Dissertation Fellowship.  She published a chapter entitled “Educational Attainment and Sexual Orientation in Adolescent and Young Adult Males” in Sociological Studies of Children and Youth.  Mollie also received conference and research support from the Graduate School Conference Grant; School of Education and Social Policy Conference Travel Grant; Sexualities Project at Northwestern Conference Presentation Travel Grant; National LGBTQ Conference Scholarship.

Lital Pascar (PhD Candidate, Communication Studies)
Lital Pascar received support from Northwestern’s Gender & Sexualities Studies Program, The Sexualities Project at Northwestern, and The Graduate School. She presented her research on consensual non-monogamy at the Rhetoric Society of America’s conference, the National Communication Association conference, and at Console-ing Passions: International Conference on media and Feminism. She participated in panels about teaching and gender at the American Studies Association conference, and at Northwestern’s Graduate Learning and Teaching Symposium. Lital also published a book chapter, “From Homonormativity to Polynormativity: Representing Consensual Non-Monogamy,” in After Marriage: The Future of LGBTQ Politics and Scholarship. Her co-edited Special Issue on “Queer Safe Spaces” and an article titled “The Right to Jerusalem: The Danger of Queer Safe Spaces” were accepted for publication in Borderlands Journal.

Whitney Pow (PhD Candidate, Screen Cultures)
Whitney Pow’s research on queer and transgender histories of software and computing was generously supported by Northwestern’s two-year Presidential Fellowship. Whitney also received a grant from the German Research Foundation to present their invited work at the Queer Temporalities & Media Aesthetics Workshop in Bochum, Germany. Their article, “Reaching Toward Home: Software Interface as Queer Orientation in the Video Game Curtain” was published by the journal The Velvet Light Trap (UT Press). Whitney also presented their work at Backward Glances, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the Screen Cultures Colloquium, the GSS Colloquium, and the JASON National Educators’ Conference.

Danielle Ross (PhD Candidate, Performance Studies)
Danielle Ross received funding from the Buffett Institute and the Department of Performance Studies. She presented her research at Dance Studies Association’s annual conference in Malta. Ross’ research took the form of performance and occurred at the In Motion graduate student conference at Northwestern, and in Portland, Oregon in collaboration with choreographer Linda Austin and visual artist Amy Conway.

Stefan Volger (PhD, Sociology)
Stefan published his article “Constituting the Sexually Violent Predator: Law, Forensic Psychology, and the Adjudication of Risk” in Theoretical Criminology and has several other manuscripts under review. He also presented work at several conferences, including those of the American Sociological Association, Law & Society Association, and Society for the Social Studies of Science. Additionally, Stefan recently received the Karpf Peace Prize from the NU Sociology Department for his research on LGBTQ asylum law. In July, Stefan began his position as Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Irvine.

Faculty Updates

Michelle Anne Birkett (Medical Social Sciences, Preventative Medicine)
Michelle Anne Birkett was selected as a New Voices Fellow by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. A key role of this fellowship is to identify ways to expand the diversity of expertise that is brought to all of the Academies convening and advisory activities.

Héctor Carillo (GSS, Sociology)
Professor Carillo’s book Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay Men has been selected to receive two awards at the American Sociological Association Meeting in August:

  • Latina/o Sociology Section Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award
  • Section on Sex and Gender Distinguished Book Award.

Micaela Di Leonardo (GSS, African American Studies, Performance Studies)
Micaela di Leonardo’s 14-year study of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, the most important (and progressive—pro-feminist, pro-LBGTQ) black radio show you never heard of, is in press with Oxford University Press. This last year she gave 4 talks on various topics at 2 conferences, and wrote 2 distinctly feminist articles. di Leonardo also aided feminist advisee Dario Valles finish and defend his dissertation, and hooded Almita Miranda, who defended her dissertation too late last year to march. Both new Ph.D.s have 2-year postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University. di Leonardo will be a Faculty Fellow at the Kaplan Center next year, finishing her 30-year study of race, class, and gender in New Haven, Connecticut for University of Chicago Press.

Alice H. Eagly (Psychology, Management and Organizations)
Alice H. Eagly received the 2018 SAGE Award for Scholarly Contribution, from the Academy of Management, Division of Gender and Diversity in Organizations.  Alice was also honored by a conference centered on her work: Gender roles in the Future: Theoretical Foundations and Future Research, sponsored by the Society of Personality and Social Psychology and the European Society of Social Psychology, Berlin, June 2017. 

Jillana Enteen (GSS, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies)
Professor Enteen continues her research with the sponsorship of a SPAN Research Grant for her project “Transitioning in Thailand: Medical Travel and Trans* Surgeries” and will travel to Thailand this summer to interview surgeons and staff involved in Thailand’s Trans*-related surgical industry. Enteen has given several presentations on this topic this year including at  Trans(forming) Queer, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium and at the New Media Consortium Convention in Boston. She has designed several new courses and presented Northwestern’s TeachX as well as held Hewlett and Educational Technologies Teaching Fellow (ETTF) Fellowships. She also convened NUDHL, the Northwestern University Digital Humanities Lab sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Steven Epstein (Sociology)
Steve Epistein published two articles including: 
  • Epstein, Steven. “Governing Sexual Health: Bridging Biocitizenship and Sexual Citizenship.” Pp. 21-50 in Kelly Happe, Jenell Johnson, and Marina Levina (eds.), BiocitizenshipThe Politics of Bodies, Governance, and Power (New York: NYU Press, 2018). 
  • Epstein, Steven, and Laura Mamo. “The Proliferation of Sexual Health: Diverse Social Problems and the Legitimation of Sexuality.” Social Science & Medicine 188 (2017): 176-190.

Louise Knight (Visiting Scholar, GSS)
While continuing to write her biography of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, the abolitionist-feminists from South Carolina (to be published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), Louise W. Knight has in the last year given lectures at the National Abolition Hall of Fame, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Massachusetts Historical Society. She also presented a paper at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (SHEAR) and gave the keynote address at the Rhetoric Society of America conference. She was recently elected to serve on the board of Biographers International Organization (BIO).  

Kathryn Macapagal (Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences)
Kathryn Macapagal contributed to three publications including: 

  • Macapagal, K. (2018, April). Gay teens use Grindr too: Hookup app use among adolescent men who have sex with men. Presented at the Gay Men’s Behavioral Science conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
  • Moskowitz, D.A., Kraus, A.,Korpak, K., Birnholtz, J., Mustanski, B., & Macapagal, K. (2018, July). Top, bottom, and versatile orientations among androphilic adolescents: Evidence towards the origins of penetrative label adoption. Presented at the International Academy of Sex Research annual meeting, Madrid, Spain. 
  • Macapagal, K.Kraus, A., Korpak, A. K., Birnholtz, J., Mustanski, B., & Moskowitz, D. A. (2018, July). Hookup app use among adolescent men who have sex with men: Sexual behavior, partner characteristics, and sexual decision making. Presented at the International Academy of Sex Research annual conference, Madrid, Spain. 

Jeffrey Masten (GSS, English)
Jeffrey Masten presented the paper “Philology’s Queer Children” at the Shakespeare Association of America in Los Angeles in March and gave a paper entitled “The Museum of Gavestoneana,” on representations of Edward II’s friend/lover Piers Gaveston in popular culture, at Penn in April.  At the forum “Thinking Queer History in Shakespeare: A Conversation on Method” at the Modern Language Association convention in January, Masten and Valerie Traub gave papers analyzing each other’s recent books on premodern sexuality.  Masten’s Queer Philologies: Sex, Language, and Affect in Shakespeare’s Time (University of Pennsylvania Press 2016) will be availble in paperback in November.

Mónica Russel y Rodriguez (GSS, Anthropology, Latina & Latino Studies)
Mónica Russel y Rodriguez joined the board of the National Lational Institute for Reproductive Rights.

Gregory Ward (GSS, Linguistics, Philosophy)
Gregory Ward will join Hector Carillo as Co-Director of SPAN beginning in the Fall of 2018.