Dr. Kristi Branham
Director/Associate Professor GWS
Office: Women's Studies Center
GWS 200 Intro to Gender & Women's Studies, GWS 200 Hon: Intro to Gender & Women's Studies, GWS 375 American Masculinities, GWS 400 Western Feminist Thought, GWS 535 Roots of Feminism, GWS 555 Global Perspectives Women, GWS 630 Feminist Pedagogies
My research centers on the social and cultural meanings surrounding the concept of work in the United States and the ways certain kinds of labor become associated with women, in particular the type of labor we refer to as “women’s work.” This work includes the gamut of responsibilities required to maintain domestic space and to nurture its inhabitants from cleaning bathrooms and picking up dirty socks to comforting a sick child. I am particularly interested in the way this work is represented in popular culture as an expression of women’s love and care. I am also interested in the ways women’s caring labor is expressed in areas outside the domestic space.
My academic background is in literature and cultural studies with specialization in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American women’s popular culture. I earned my PhD from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in feminist and social theory. This background has helped me to develop an interdisciplinary approach to both my research and teaching, calling on discourse analyses primarily from disciplines in the humanities.
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