Genders and Sexualities in East Asia (Spring 2016)
This course is designed to introduce students to shifting notions of gender and sexuality in East Asia. Instead of understanding nation, culture, gender, and sexuality as static (as these terms tend to reinforce), we will study East Asia as a contested region of heterogeneous cultures, languages, and peoples in which diverse forms of genders and sexualities proliferate. To this end, we will draw on approaches from different fields, such as East Asian studies, cultural anthropology, and women’s and gender studies. We will explore the production of gendered, sexual, and national bodies, desires, and identities in East Asia within the following overarching topics: social movements and academic discourses, sex, gender and (affective) labor, and media and popular cultures.
Introduction to Japanese Popular Culture (Fall 2015)
This course (conducted in English) is designed to introduce students to Japan’s vibrant mass and popular cultural scene. We will examine multiple forms of Japanese mass and popular culture ranging from the Edo period (1603-1868) to contemporary era using approaches from different disciplines, such as cultural studies, Japanese studies, and women’s and gender studies. We will explore the production of racial, class, gendered, sexual, and national bodies, desires, and identities in Japan within the following domains: the mass media, affective labor, cute/girl culture, anime, manga, pornography, fandom, race, and popular music.
Introduction to Queer Studies in the Humanities (Spring 2015)
This introductory course examines the study of queer(ness) and sexualities situated in specific cultural, geographical, and historical contexts using interdisciplinary and transnational approaches. We will interrogate shifting understandings of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and “straight” as theory, practice, and identity, dealing with one or more of the following domains: race, dis/ability, sports, the media, performativity, pornography, transnational sexualities, bodies and subjectivities. This course is designed to expose students to the themes, methods, and questions pertaining to queer studies, and draw connections between them and their everyday lives.
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (Summer 2015 Online; Summer 2014 Online)
This introductory course to women’s and gender studies is taught entirely in the virtual classroom and examines the study of gender using interdisciplinary and transnational approaches. We will explore the production of gendered bodies, identities, and desires situated in specific cultural, geographical, and historical contexts, dealing with one or more of the following domains: histories of Western science and medicine, the construction of sexual and racial difference, identity politics and nationalism, colonialism, imperialism, laws, activism within and across borders, body politics and medical tourism, transnational labor flows, media representation, popular culture, sports, and dis/ability. This course is designed to expose students to the themes, methods, and questions pertaining to women’s and gender studies, and draw connections between them and their everyday lives.
I also served as Teaching Assistant for the following courses:
Histories of Feminism (Fall 2014)
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (Spring 2014; Fall 2013)
Sexuality in Literature (Spring 2013; Fall 2012)