News from Cultural Studies & Gender Studies Alumni

Warm congratulations to Akanksha Misra (CULT MA, 2011) who has recently defended her PhD and started teaching as Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at SUNY, Plattsburgh. As she explains below, Akanksha has contributed immensely to various SU Gender projects, workshops and conferences since 2010, and we look forward to collaborating with her on-going cutting edge research on gender, sexuality and education. 
Akanksha Misra (PhD, University of Washington, 2020) 
Thesis Title: "Erotics of Pedagogical Spaces: Schools, Sexuality and the Desiring Body in India and Turkey"
This thesis research and writing was supported by the following fellowships; University of Washington Chester Fritz Fellowship for International Research and Study, American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) Junior Fellowship, and University of Washington Society of Scholars Dissertation Writing Fellowship
Job Title: Assistant Professor of Gender and Women Studies at State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh, starting Fall 2020.

My connection with SU Gender is sporadic but long- it's like meeting a beloved cousin or friend who you haven't met for years but once you do, it's like you were always together- it feels perfect! I first collaborated with SU Gender in 2010 when we got the child sexual abuse and incest specialist, Anuja Gupta, founder of RAHI organization from New Delhi, India. RAHI is India's pioneer organization working on incest and we organized a round table where Anuja discussed her experiences with activists and therapists in Istanbul, followed by a Q&A. Soon after, I invited Richa Nagar from University of Minnesota to speak about her inspirational book- Playing with Fire- a transformatory text of Transnational Feminism- that inspired many South-South conversations between feminists in India, Turkey and beyond. Through SU Gender, I was also fortunate to get to know Richa at a personal level, which transformed my life and academic aspirations. Several years later, as a Phd scholar working on gender and education at the University of Washington, I was once again fortunate to be invited by my teacher and professor Dr. Altinay to attend SU Gender's teacher training of future teachers from Bogazici university on gender issues. That meeting was very informative and led to some contacts that proved to be invaluable for my research. SU gender also provided me information about the Mor Sertifika program that once again really broadened my perspective as a teacher and researcher. I also presented at SU Gender's May 2018 conference on Gender and Education and received invaluable feedback for my dissertation. Finally, I was also introduced to Dr. Srila Roy, an Indian scholar of gender studies from Wits University, South Africa, through her talk at SU Gender in 2017, and she continues to be an inspiration for my transnational feminist work. Thank you SU Gender for all these wonderful years of support and inspiration!