Faculty Profile

Jennifer Musial

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies (2013)

Contact Information

musialj@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 306
717.245.2548116
http://dickinson.academia.edu/JenniferMusial

Bio

Jennifer Musial earned her Ph.D. in Women's Studies in June 2010 from York University in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Hons. B.A. from Trent University, where she double majored in Cultural Studies and English, and a M.A. from Bowling Green State University through the Department of Popular Culture. Her research centers on reproductive citizenship and racialization; she is writing a manuscript, Pregnant Pause: Reproduction, Death, and Media Culture which uses media case studies to interrogate the social, affective value and grievability of pregnant bodies. Jennifer’s research and teaching interests include feminist critical race theory, popular culture studies, transnational feminisms, health/body studies, motherhood/pregnancy studies and feminist pedagogy. In addition to her academic life, Jennifer is a yoga teacher who has volunteered teaching yoga in prisons and jails.

Education

  • B.A., Trent University, 2000
  • M.A., Bowling Green University, 2002
  • Ph.D., York University, 2010

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

WGST 200 Intro to Women's & Gender St
This is an interdisciplinary course, integrating literature, economics, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology, and geography. This course will focus on historical and contemporary representations of women. It will also examine the varied experiences of women, with attention to the gendered dynamics of family, work, sexuality, race, religion, socioeconomic class, labor, and feminism. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.

WGST 200 Intro to Women's & Gender St
This is an interdisciplinary course, integrating literature, economics, sociology, psychology, history, anthropology, and geography. This course will focus on historical and contemporary representations of women. It will also examine the varied experiences of women, with attention to the gendered dynamics of family, work, sexuality, race, religion, socioeconomic class, labor, and feminism. This course fulfills the DIV II social sciences distribution requirement and US Diversity graduation requirement.

WGST 300 Gender and Health
Biomedical. Social. Cultural. Psychological. Corporeal. Which of these define gendered health? This course explores how “health” and “illness” are constructed through individual experiences, socio-cultural institutions, and systemic factors. Using an intersectional approach attentive to sexuality, class, racialization, ableism, and colonialism, this course asks you to consider how gendered norms influence our understanding of “health”, “illness”, and self-care; we also interrogate how/why marginalized populations are targets for health intervention, and to what degree resistance is possible. Course topics include health governmentality, psychological, physical and invisible dis/abilites, the language of pain, the breast cancer industry, state intervention, family planning, colonial public health, food deserts, and consumption practices alongside alternative healing modalities like Yoga, Acupuncture, Meditation, Reiki, and so on. You will develop an original, well-researched essay over the course of the semester.