Mel Y. Chen Director

Mel Chen screen sizeMel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and an affiliate of the Center for Race and Gender, the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, and serves as a core member of the Haas Institute’s Disability Studies and LGBTQ Citizenship Clusters. Mel’s research and teaching interests include queer and gender theory, animal studies, critical race theory, Asian American studies, disability studies, science studies, and critical linguistics. Mel’s book Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke UP 2012, Alan Bray Memorial Award), explores questions of racialization, queering, disability, and affective economies in animate and inanimate “life.” Further writing can be found in Women’s Studies Quarterly, GLQ, Discourse, Women in PerformanceAustralian Feminist Studies, Amerasia, and the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies. With series coeditor Jasbir K. Puar, Mel recently inaugurated a new book series called “Anima” highlighting scholarship in critical race and disability post/in/humanisms at Duke University Press. A special issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies on “Queer Inhumanisms,” coedited with Dana Luciano, appears in 2015.

Kathleen Huggins Graduate Student Researcher

Kat PhotoKathleen Huggins is a graduate student in the Anthropology department. She studies pre-contact Andean archaeology.

Advisory Committee

Karl Britto

karl-britto-duoKarl Britto is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature.  teaches courses in modern French literature, particularly francophone colonial and postcolonial literatures of Vietnam, Africa, and the Caribbean. His interests also include anglophone colonial and postcolonial studies, as well as gender and sexuality studies. His publications include Disorientation: France, Vietnam, and the Ambivalence of Interculturality (Hong Kong University Press, 2004), an analysis of Vietnamese francophone novels from the colonial and immediate postcolonial periods.

Nadia Ellis

nadz1 (1)Nadia Ellis is Assistant Professor of English. She specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and cultures. Her research traces the trajectories of literary and expressive cultures from the Caribbean to Britain to the United States and she is most intellectually at home at various intersections: between the diasporic and the queer; imperial identification and colonial resistance; performance and theory; migrancy and domesticity. She teaches classes on postcolonial literature and the city, black diasporic culture, queer theory, and US immigrant literature. Her book, Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora is forthcoming in 2015 from Duke UP. Published and upcoming essays are on such topics as Jamaican dancehall music; sexuality and the archive in postwar London; performance culture in the era of slavery Emancipation; and recent trends in Caribbean literary criticism. She is at work on a new book project, Diaspora’s Urban Sublime.

Michael Lucey

m_luceyMichael Lucey is Professor of French and Comparative Literature, and was one of the founders of both the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture and the LGBT Studies minor program. He specializes in French literature and culture of the 19th- and 20th-centuries. He also teaches about social, literary, and critical theory, sexuality studies, 19th- and 20th-century British literature and culture, and 20th-century American literature and culture. He recently finished a book titled “Someone: The Pragmatics of Misfit Sexualities in French Literature from Colette to Hervé Guibert,” and is now working on a new project with the title “Proust, Sociology, Talk, Novels: The Novel Form and Language-in-Use.” His translation of Didier Eribon’s Returning to Reims was published by Semiotext(e) in September 2013. Publications include: Never Say I:  Sexuality and the First Person in Colette, Gide, and Proust (Duke University Press, 2006); The Misfit of the Family: Balzac and the Social Forms of Sexuality (Duke University Press, 2003); Gide’s Bent: Sexuality, Politics, Writing (Oxford University Press, 1995). The Misfit of the Family was translated into French as Les ratés de la famille (Fayard, 2008).

Juana María Rodríguez

JuanaMariaRodriguezJuana María Rodríguez is Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies and an affiliate of the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies; the Berkeley Center for New Media; and the Center for Race and Gender. She is one of the founding members of the Haas Institute’s Center for a Fair and Inclusive Society’s LGBTQ Citizenship Cluster, and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council on LGBT Students, Faculty & Staff for the University of California. She has recently published the book Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings(NYU Press 2014). Other publications include Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU Press 2003) and numerous articles related to her research interests in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latin@ and Caribbean studies. She is currently working on a third book project that considers the intersection of age, sexuality, race and visual culture.

Darieck B. Scott

dbscottDarieck B. Scott is Associate Professor of African American Studies. His teaching and research interests include: 20th and 21st century African American literature; creative writing; queer theory, and LGBTQ studies; race, gender and sexuality in fantasy, science fiction, and comic books. Scott is the author of Extravagant Abjection: Blackness, Power, and Sexuality in the African American Literary Imagination (NYU Press 2010), winner of the 2011 Alan Bray Memorial Prize of the Modern Language Association GL/Q Caucus, and which examines representations and theorizations of the relation between blackness, abjection, and queer masculinity. Scott is also the author of the novels Hex (2007) and Traitor to the Race (1995), and the editor of Best Black Gay Erotica (2004). His fiction has appeared in the anthologies Freedom in This Village (2005), Black Like Us (2002), Giant Steps (2000), Shade (1996) and Ancestral House (1995), as well as in the erotica collections Flesh and the Word 4 (1997) and Inside Him (2006). He has published essays in American Literary History, Callaloo, GLQ, The Americas Review, and the collection Gay Travels.