Feminist Studies

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

January 2020

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Feminist Studies Program Sequoia Maner’s coedited book, Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, was published by Routledge Press. The title is available with a 20% discount from the publisher with the code HUM20 at checkout.

December 2019

  • Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Brenda Sendejo presented “Intellectual Genealogies of Chicana Feminist Thought” at this year’s National Women’s Studies Association conference in San Francisco, CA. This presentation was an extension of her work in Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Activism and Feminism in the Movement Era(University of Texas Press, 2018), which won first place for nonfiction multiauthored book at the 2019 International Latino Book Awards.

  • Associate Professor of Feminist Studies Brenda Sendejo  published “Radical Mami Love: Chicana Consejos del Corazón” in Voices from the Ancestors and Beyond: Chicanx/Latinx Spiritual Expressions  (University of Arizona Press, 2019). Sendejo presented on her work along with anthology editor Lara Medina and cocontributor Martha P. Cotera at this year’s Texas Book Festival.

  • Several environmental studies and feminist studies alumni, including Keara Hudler ’18, Lilly Dennis ’18, Muriel DiNella 18, Nataley Ford ’18, and Joanna Mendez ’18, along with Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long, published an article in the Journal of Education, Citizenship, and Social Justice titled “Intersectional Sustainability and Student Activism: A Framework for Achieving Social Sustainability on University Campuses.”

November 2019

  • Mellon Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner  published several pieces of writing in The Langston Hughes Review  (vol. 25, no. 2). Alongside a review of the anthology The BreakBeat Poets vol. 2: Black Girl Magic , she published two poems of her own. “The Substantia Nigra” is an ode to Muhammad Ali in the wake of the Ferguson uprisings, and “When Bodies of Water Exhale” reflects on the tethered nature of African Americans to bodies of water.

October 2019

  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner was a guest visitor to Dr. Emily Rutter’s African American Literature & Culture course at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, on October 14. She discussed her scholarship regarding Beyoncé’s Lemonadeand Tupac Shakur and also performed poetry.

  • Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner  gave a lecture and guided a series of workshops titled Langston Hughes: Writer for All Ages  for Humanities Texas and their 2019 program The Harlem Renaissance on October 9. Alongside Drs. Jennifer Wilks, Samantha Pinto, and Phil Barrish, Sequoia guided a class of over 50 secondary teachers from across Texas in the poetry & (after)life of Langston Hughes so that they might incorporate new strategies and skills into their classrooms. She emphasized the blues mode and vernacular traditions, Hughes’s landmark essay “The Negro Artist and Racial Mountain” as the manifesto of the Harlem Renaissance, and the dream series of Hughes’s poetic canon.

April 2019

  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Sociology Luis Romero and  Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Feminist Studies Sequoia Maner were invited to be featured speakers at the University of Texas at Austin. Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts under a grant provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Romero and Maner presented “Professional-Life Experiences and Postgrad Transitions” to underrepresented graduate students of color. They discussed a variety of aspects concerning the management of career and personal development in graduate school, including pedagogical approaches to studying race, gender, and class in the classroom; navigating microaggressions from students, colleagues, and administration; and juggling home and work lives. Romero and Maner also talked about how to prepare for the job market as an emerging scholar, how to maximize  professional conference opportunities, and how to position oneself for tenure-track positions.

  • Mellon Teaching Fellow Sequoia Maner presented original poetry and research at The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS), which was organized around the topic of “Underground Histories.” As coeditor of the forthcoming volume Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era, to be published by Routledge in October 2019, Maner previewed work that concerns the use of autopsy reports as material for poetic engagement, including her poem “Upon Reading the Autopsy of Sandra Bland,” a finalist for the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize.