Faculty Profile

Katie Schweighofer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2015)

Contact Information

schweigk@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 306
717.254.8197

Education

  • B.A., Princeton University, 2001
  • M.A., New York University, 2005
  • M.A., Indiana University, 2011
  • Ph.D., 2015

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

AMST 101 Gender, Sport & Amer Society
Cross-listed with WGSS 202-04. From children tossing a ball in the backyard, to middle-aged weekend warriors on tennis and basketball courts, to athletes in their prime battling for Olympic gold, sports and athletics affect our understandings of our bodies, relationships, and larger social groups. Gender, Sport & American Society involves the applications of the interdisciplinary study of gender - the social creation and cultural representation of femininity and masculinity – to the field of sport cultures. Lectures, readings, and class discussions will consider how facets of gender, race, class, and sexuality are writ large on sports and sport cultures. Topics include gendered and sexed understandings of sports, sexuality and sports, athletic bodies, popular culture and media, raced and classed elements of athletics, the role of fans, nationality and citizenship, sport technologies, fitness, health, body image, and historical foundations. No WGSS experience needed.

WGSS 200 Feminist Pract, Writing & Rsrc
Building upon the key concepts and modes of inquire introduced in the WGSS Introductory course, WGSS 200 deepens students’ understanding of how feminist perspectives on power, experience, and inequality uniquely shape how scholars approach research questions, writing practices, methods and knowledge production. Approaches may include feminist approaches to memoir, oral histories, grassroots and online activism, blogging, visual culture, ethnography, archival research, space, art, literary analysis, and policy studies.Prerequisite: 100, which can be taken concurrently.

WGSS 202 Gender, Sport & Amer Society
Cross-listed with AMST 101-01. From children tossing a ball in the backyard, to middle-aged weekend warriors on tennis and basketball courts, to athletes in their prime battling for Olympic gold, sports and athletics affect our understandings of our bodies, relationships, and larger social groups. Gender, Sport & American Society involves the applications of the interdisciplinary study of gender - the social creation and cultural representation of femininity and masculinity – to the field of sport cultures. Lectures, readings, and class discussions will consider how facets of gender, race, class, and sexuality are writ large on sports and sport cultures. Topics include gendered and sexed understandings of sports, sexuality and sports, athletic bodies, popular culture and media, raced and classed elements of athletics, the role of fans, nationality and citizenship, sport technologies, fitness, health, body image, and historical foundations. No WGSS experience needed.

WGSS 500 WGSS Independent Study

Spring 2018

WGSS 100 Intro to WGSS
This course offers an introduction to central concepts, questions and debates in gender and sexuality studies from US, Women of Color, queer and transnational perspectives. Throughout the semester we will explore the construction and maintenance of norms governing sex, gender, and sexuality, with an emphasis on how opportunity and inequality operate through categories of race, ethnicity, class, ability and nationality. After an introduction to some of the main concepts guiding scholarship in the field of feminist studies (the centrality of difference; social and political constructions of gender and sex; representation; privilege and power; intersectionality; globalization; transnationalism), we will consider how power inequalities attached to interlocking categories of difference shape key feminist areas of inquiry, including questions of: work, resource allocation, sexuality, queerness, reproduction, marriage, gendered violence, militarization, consumerism, resistance and community sustainability.

WGSS 208 Intro to Sexuality Studies
This course explores how practices, identities, behaviors, and representations of sexualities shape and are shaped by political, cultural, social, religious, medical and economic practices of societies across time and space. It will put sexuality at the center of analysis, but will develop understandings of sexuality as they are related to sex, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, nationality and geographical location. Students will explore the historical and social processes through which diverse behaviors are and are not designated as sexual. They will then analyze how these designations influence a range of institutional forces and social phenomena. Possible topics include: medicine, environmentalism, colonialism and nation-building, STI and HIV transmission, public health campaigns, art and literary production, visual and popular culture, community development, family structure, human rights frameworks, and law or policy.

AMST 301 St in US LGBTQ Hist & Lit
Cross-listed with ENGL 321-01 and WGSS 301-03. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) literature and culture in the United States. Co-taught by professors in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and English, the course moves among literary, historical, and theoretical texts to address questions of sex, gender, and sexuality as they shape queer American identities, communities, and cultures. Drawing from queer theory, feminist and queer historicism, and feminist and queer literary analysis, students will consider the impact of sexuality and gender on literature and culture. We will pay particular attention to how sex and gender intersect with other forms of difference, including race, class, geography, and nationality. Primary readings will be drawn from a range of literary genres and archival sources.

WGSS 301 St in US LGBTQ Hist & Lit
Cross-listed with AMST 301-01 and ENGL 321-03. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) literature and culture in the United States. Co-taught by professors in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and English, the course moves among literary, historical, and theoretical texts to address questions of sex, gender, and sexuality as they shape queer American identities, communities, and cultures. Drawing from queer theory, feminist and queer historicism, and feminist and queer literary analysis, students will consider the impact of sexuality and gender on literature and culture. We will pay particular attention to how sex and gender intersect with other forms of difference, including race, class, geography, and nationality. Primary readings will be drawn from a range of literary genres and archival sources.

ENGL 321 St in US LGBTQ Hist & Lit
Cross-listed with AMST 301-01 and WGSS 301-03. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) literature and culture in the United States. Co-taught by professors in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and English, the course moves among literary, historical, and theoretical texts to address questions of sex, gender, and sexuality as they shape queer American identities, communities, and cultures. Drawing from queer theory, feminist and queer historicism, and feminist and queer literary analysis, students will consider the impact of sexuality and gender on literature and culture. We will pay particular attention to how sex and gender intersect with other forms of difference, including race, class, geography, and nationality. Primary readings will be drawn from a range of literary genres and archival sources.