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Faculty Profile

Katie Oliviero

Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2014)

Contact Information

olivierk@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 04

Bio

Dr. Oliviero's teaching and research specializations include transnational feminisms, immigration, QLGBT studies, critical race theory, reproductive justice, law, social movements and cultural analysis. Her book, "Vulnerability Politics: The Uses and Abuses of Precarity in Political Debate" (NYU University Press, 2018) explores how social movements leverage nationalist, gendered, racialized and sexualized narratives of risk to influence the law in controversies over immigration, gay rights, reproductive justice and state-sponsored violence. Additional publications on queer marriage, stand your ground laws and the murder of Trayvon Martin, and the Dreamers appear in Debating Same-Sex Marriage in the Lesbian and Gay Movement(Minnesota UP 2013), Feminist Formations (2013, 2016); Frontiers (Forthcoming 2022); Signs (2011); and Women's Studies International Forum (2009). A new project explores if concepts of precarity and resilience can rework existing feminism global justice frameworks, with an emphasis on sexual asylum policies, migration, LGBT parents citizenship-transmission rights, and disability. Katie holds a PhD and MA in Gender Studies from UCLA, and a BA in Women’s Studies from Dartmouth College. As a recipient of a 2010-2012 postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Law, she taught classes in both the Gender Studies doctoral program and the law school under the auspices of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project as well as the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative. Between 2012-2014, Dr. Oliviero was an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Women and Gender Studies program and law school.

Education

  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 2002
  • M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 2007
  • Ph.D., 2010

2020-2021 Academic Year

Spring 2021

WGSS 100 Intro to WGSS
Class will meet synchronously on Mondays and Thursdays for on-campus students (one day will be a class session and the other day will be small group work, with the occasional asynchronous session as needed). Remote students will have at least one synchronous session a week on Zoom.

WGSS 301 Immigration Politics
Cross-listed with SOCI 313-02.Prior to Spring Break, class will be held synchronously on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Following Spring Break, class will meet synchronously on Tuesdays and Thursdays for on-campus students (one day will be a class session and the other day may include class, small group work, or asynchronous sessions).  Remote students will have at least one synchronous session a week on Zoom.Why do global controversies over immigration so often center on migrant women’s fertility and their children’s access to government benefits? Why do some countries accept LGBT migrants but deny them the right to adopt, use assisted reproductive technologies, or extend citizenship to their children? How are efforts to limit marriage-and-family based migration racialized and classed? What are the gendered implications when nurses are a country’s central export? Could building a border wall or sending refugees back stop unwanted immigration? This course examines how intersecting gender, sexual and ethnic hierarchies shape and are shaped by immigration. Applying insights from feminist and queer theories of migration, students will explore how the gendered processes surrounding immigration craft concepts of nation, borders and citizenship. Readings and films examine how sexual and racial norms are renegotiated through the selection and regulation of immigrants. Central to our investigation is how transnational and economic forces compel migration, reshaping understandings of national belonging, workplaces, and family in the process. We will particularly consider how migrants negotiate multiple marginalizations, and in turn refashion understandings of community, identities, culture, and politics. An interdisciplinary framework combines media, law, activist, film, literary and historical accounts.

SOCI 313 Immigration Politics
Cross-listed with WGSS 301-02.Prior to Spring Break, class will be held synchronously on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Following Spring Break, class will meet synchronously on Tuesdays and Thursdays for on-campus students (one day will be a class session and the other day may include class, small group work, or asynchronous sessions).  Remote students will have at least one synchronous session a week on Zoom.Why do global controversies over immigration so often center on migrant women’s fertility and their children’s access to government benefits? Why do some countries accept LGBT migrants but deny them the right to adopt, use assisted reproductive technologies, or extend citizenship to their children? How are efforts to limit marriage-and-family based migration racialized and classed? What are the gendered implications when nurses are a country’s central export? Could building a border wall or sending refugees back stop unwanted immigration? This course examines how intersecting gender, sexual and ethnic hierarchies shape and are shaped by immigration. Applying insights from feminist and queer theories of migration, students will explore how the gendered processes surrounding immigration craft concepts of nation, borders and citizenship. Readings and films examine how sexual and racial norms are renegotiated through the selection and regulation of immigrants. Central to our investigation is how transnational and economic forces compel migration, reshaping understandings of national belonging, workplaces, and family in the process. We will particularly consider how migrants negotiate multiple marginalizations, and in turn refashion understandings of community, identities, culture, and politics. An interdisciplinary framework combines media, law, activist, film, literary and historical accounts.

WGSS 400 Senior Seminar
Prior to Spring Break, class will be held synchronously on Zoom on Tuesdays and Fridays. Following Spring Break, in-peson classes for all on-campus seniors, with remote students attending synchronously via Zoom.