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CWGS Welcomes New Faculty

Tue, October 29, 2019
CWGS Welcomes New Faculty

New Assistant Professor, Dr. Ashley Coleman Taylor
Ashley Coleman Taylor is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. She earned a Ph.D. in Religion at Emory University, an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in both Religious Studies and Psychology from Spelman College. As an interdisciplinary ethnographer, she specializes in the intersecting lived experiences of black embodiment, black genders and sexualities, and Africana religion. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University and a Lecturer in the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. Her book, Majestad Negra: Race, Class, Gender and Religious Experience in the Puerto Rican Imaginary, is an intersectional black feminist approach to race, class, gender, and coloniality in Puerto Rico. The manuscript is a finalist for the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.

CWGS Postdoc, Dr. Beth Eby
Dr. Beth Eby received her PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor’s degree in History from Smith College.  Her dissertation, Building Bodies, (Un)Making Empire: Gender, Sport, and Colonialism at Haskell Institute, 1880-1930, examines the relationship between femininity, sport, and indigeneity at the federally-run Native American boarding school, Haskell Institute, located in Lawrence, Kansas.  In particular, her dissertation considers how Haskell’s female students used basketball and other forms of athletics and physical education as tools of cultural survivance, decolonization, and agency within the boarding school system.  Her research interests include Modern U.S. History, histories of race, empire, gender and sexuality, histories of sport, Indigenous history and Indigenous feminisms.  Her second project tentatively examines the relationship between gender, race, and nationalism in the modern Olympic Movement.

CWGS Embrey Postdoc, Dr. Michelle C. Velasquez-Potts
Michelle’s interests meet at the intersections of feminist and queer theory, science and technology studies, and critical prison studies. Her work focuses on the relationship between medicine and punishment, and in particular the rise of force-feeding post-9/11. She has published articles in the journals Women and Performance and Public Culture as well as the anthology Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex (AK Press 2011). She received her PhD in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California, Berkeley.

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