FGSS Apologizes to Guest Speaker Dr. Rebecca Hall

FGSS offers our apology to Rebecca Hall, who was an invited speaker for a new lecture series conceived and funded by alumni. We were saddened to learn that some of those who attended the event were disrespectful to our guest speaker, as well as to a staff member and students. This behavior does not reflect our program’s commitments to intersectional teaching and scholarship, to combatting systemic racism and white supremacy, and to fostering solidarity and social justice on our campus and community. FGSS has voted to cancel our participation in the series, and we apologize to Dr. Hall. We deeply appreciate Dr. Hall’s work, and encourage others to examine the history that she brings forward. We are extremely grateful that she took the time to speak with us at Wesleyan.


FGSS Faculty

Tucker quoted in the New York Times

History/FGSS Professor Jennifer Tucker, an expert on the history of guns and Director of the Center for the Study of Guns and Society quoted in the NY Times. Read more HERE.

Tucker co-moderates and organizes Benedetta events at Wesleyan

In early December, Tucker organized the events that help brought former History Department and provost Judith Brown to Wesleyan University. Brown’s widely-praised book, Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy (Oxford University Press, 1986) was recently adapted into a film, Benedetta (2021). Read more HERE.

Visual Archives of Sex, a special issue of Radical History Review, co-edited by Jennifer Tucker (Duke University Press, January 2022)

As co-editor, associate professor of history and FGSS Jennifer Tucker studies the visual histories of sex by examining symbols, images, film, and other visual forms ranging from medieval religious icons to twenty-first-century selfies. Read HERE.

Worlds of Dance Concert Spring 2021

The virtual Worlds of Dance Concert features Wesleyan students performing an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Afro-Brazilian, Bharata Natyam,
Javanese Dance, Hip Hop, and Introduction to Dance.

Kaye's New Book Offers Critical Perspective of Criminal-Justice Reform 

Kerwin Kaye, Associate Professor of Sociology and FGSS, is the author of Enforcing Freedom: Drug Courts, Therapeutic Communities, and the Intimacies of the State, published by Columbia University Press in December 2019.  Read more HERE.

How ballon travel brought science - and our view of the world - to new heights by Jennifer Tucker's (The Washington Post, December 2019)

Jennifer Tucker is associate professor of history and FGSS at Wesleyan University.  "As a historian of science and visual communication, I’ve studied the balloon trips of Glaisher, Coxwell and others. Their voyages inspired art and philosophy, introduced new ways of seeing the world and transformed our understanding of the air we breathe."  Read full article HERE.

#FacultyFriday Features 

Professor Christina Crosby (Original air date June 29, 2019)- An indepth conversation with this year's Common Read, "A Body Undone: Living on After Great Pain" author Christina Crosby joined by Professor Jennifer Tucker, historian and Chair of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and students Caridad J Cruz '21 and Christopher Jackson '20 as they explore the work of author, Professor Crosby. 

PhD Defense: Serving Up Revolution...and Sourdough Chocolate Devastation Cake

The Historical Cooking Projects' Editor in Chief, Alex Ketchum, explains the important role food played in her dissertation defense blog found HERE.

Professor Pitts-Taylor Awarded the Women’s Caucus Prize

The Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) Women’s Caucus awarded Professor Victoria Pitts-Taylor with the Women’s Caucus Prize in Feminist Philosophy of Science for her recent book, The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal PoliticsRead more HERE.

FGSS Students & Alumni

Congratulations to our 2022 FGSS Prize recipients:
  • Natalie Lobach, awarded the Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize for Best Thesis
  • India Dixon, awarded the Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize for Best Essay
  • Vianca Pérez, awarded the Carol B. Ohmann Memorial Prize for Best Essay
  • Killian Cimino, awarded the Christina Crosby Prize for Social Justice Feminism 
Check out past award recipients on the FGSS Prizes webpage.

FGSS Statement on Anti-Black Violence

The statement from Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies on anti-Black violence can be READ HERE.