Dr. Janet Jakobsen to speak during GWS Lecture Series

Sex and Suffrage: A Politics of Possibility

Janet R. Jakobsen, Chair and Claire Tow Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University.  

Thursday, October 24


114 Belk Library.

This event is free and open to the public.

Professor Jakobsen served for fifteen years as Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), and she has also served as Barnard's Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development and Chair of the President's Committee on Online and On-Campus Learning. As Director of BCRW, Professor Jakobsen founded the web journal, Scholar & Feminist Online,, along with the New Feminist Solutions series of activist research projects with community-based organizations, such as the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Queers for Economic Justice, the New York Women’s Foundation, and A Better Balance: Work and Family Legal Center.

She is the author of Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference: Diversity and Feminist Ethics and with Ann Pellegrini she co-wrote Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance and co-edited Secularisms. With Elizabeth Castelli she co-edited Interventions: Academics and Activists Respond to Violence. Her current book project, "Why Sex?: Religion, Secularism and Possibilities for Justice," is forthcoming from New York University Press.

She is currently a Principal Investigator along with Elizabeth Bernsteain for the "Gender Justice and Neoliberal Transformations Working Group," a collaboration among thirteen scholars working transnationally on questions of gender justice in the contemporary world, which is sponsored by the Barnard Center for Research on Women. She is also a Project Director with Lila Abu-Lughod, Rema Hammami, and Nadera Shalhoub-Kervorkian of the "Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence" project at the Columbia University Center for the Study of Social Difference.

Professor Jakobsen has held fellowships from the American Association of University Women, the Udall Center for Public Policy at the University of Arizona, the Center for the Humanities at Wesleyan University, and the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard Divinity School. She has taught as a Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University and Harvard University. Before entering the academy, she was a policy analyst and organizer in Washington, D.C.

For more information, contact: Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee, Director of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies gws@appstate.edu

Appalachian State University’s Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies program is an academic program housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Appalachian’s Gender, Women’s, And Sexuality Studies program offers a GWS B.A., an undergraduate and graduate GWS minor, an LGBT Studies minor, a Girls’ Studies minor, and a GWS graduate certificate.


Published: Sep 10, 2019 7:11pm