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My dissertation asks what can be learned about today's mediated movements for racial and gender justice by looking back at feminist radio, print, and video production in the 1970s. Through a critique of the conventional "waves" narrative of feminist activism, I argue that a media studies approach can counter white feminist interpretations of gender history and offer instead an account that addresses the complexities of 1970s movement organizing. Media archives reveal how radical feminism was shaped by racism, classism, and heterosexism as well as the challenges to these exclusionary politics posed by woman of color feminism and queer activism. Throughout the project I discuss how struggles to address the erasure, exclusion, and exploitation of women and gender non-conforming people of color within feminist circles remain defining aspects of social media feminism today.
As a practitioner, I have experience supporting anti-racist, feminist collective action and the vision of queer, trans, and BIPOC current and future leaders through programs focused on art making, community building, and professional and personal development. I especially love working with undergraduates because I believe that colleges and universities can be hubs for social transformation when they put students first.
In addition to teaching in the English Department and UWP, I have held program management positions at the Women's Resources and Research Center and the Center for Educational Effectiveness. I currently work as a Graduate Student Researcher at the UC Davis Humanities Institute.