Recent Books & Films by CSWS Affiliates and Staff
Many of these projects received CSWS funding.
Mothers without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform
by Lynn Fujiwara
(University of Minnesota Press, 2008), 272 pages
Lynn Fujiwara is associate professor in the UO Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and of Ethnic Studies.
Indigeneity in the Mexican Cultural Imagination
(University of Arizona Press, 2009)
Analisa Taylor, 234 pages.
Taylor received a 2004 CSWS Research Support Grant for some of the research used in her book. A UO associate professor of Spanish and a member of CSWS’s Americas research interest group, she has been conducting research in Mexico City and the southern Mexican states of Chiapas and Oaxaca since 1998.
The Dance of Politics: Gender, Performance, and Democratization in Malawi
(Temple University Press, 2009)
Lisa Gilman, 264 pages.
In Malawi, groups of women usually dance and perform praise songs for politicians and political parties, animated performances that attract and energize potential voters. These performances are among the only ways women can participate in Malawi’s male-dominated political system. Gilman looks at issues of gender, economics, and politics and the surprising ways in which they collide. One reviewer described this as a “must-read for anyone interested in women, gender, and power in Africa.” Gilman is an assistant professor in the Department of English and the Folklore Program at the UO.
What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America
(Oxford, 2009); Peggy Pascoe, 404 pages.
UO history professor and CSWS affiliate Peggy Pascoe won the Lawrence W. Levine Prize and the Ellis W. Hawley Prize from the Organization of American Historians for this book, which shows how the invention of the word “miscegenation” and the claim that interracial marriage was “unnatural” were used to justify the passage, spread, and enforcement of laws banning interracial marriage. Miscegenation laws laid the groundwork for America’s post–Civil War systems of white supremacy and racial segregation.
Women, Media, and Rebellion in Oaxaca:
A documentary by Gabriela Martínez (RT 37 minutes):
This documentary captures the unprecedented takeover in August 2006 of COR-TV, the state’s radio and television stations in Oaxaca, Mexico, when women marched to its installations to voice their political, social, economic, and cultural concerns and ended up taking over the airwaves. It all began when police responded to a teachers’ strike with brutal repression, turning the city of Oaxaca into a battle camp and leading to the formation of the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO).Issues of justice, women’s rights, and human rights violations are at the core of this social uprising, in which media became an important site of struggle.
“In the 1970s and early 1980s, mothers who came out as lesbians routinely lost custody of their children to homophobic court systems and outraged fathers,” says author Melissa Hart. When she was 9 years old, this happened to her mother in Southern California, and Hart and her younger siblings weren’t allowed to live with her again until they turned 18. Hart documented this era in her new memoir Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood. In 2007, CSWS awarded Melissa Hart a grant to work on this book. Hart teaches journalism at the University of Oregon and memoir writing for U.C. Berkeley’s online extension program. For more information about Hart’s work, visit her website at www.melissahart.com.
Pioneering Women in American Mathematics: The Pre-1940 PhD’s
(American Mathematical Society and London Mathematical Society 2009)
by Judy Green and Jeanne LaDuke.Co-author Jeanne LaDuke received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1969.
This book is the result of a study in which the authors identified all American women who earned PhD’s in mathematics before 1940, and collected extensive biographical and bibliographical information about each.
Kinship by Design: A History of Adoption in the Modern United States
(University of Chicago Press, 2008)
Ellen Herman, 368 pages.
Ellen Herman is an historian of the modern United States with special interests in the human sciences, social engineering, and therapeutic culture. . In recent years, her work has been supported by fellowships at Harvard Law School and Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute, as well as by a major research grant from the Science and Technology Studies Program of the National Science Foundation. During the 2004-2005 academic year, she was a Visiting Scholar in the Harvard University Department of the History of Science.
Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex
(Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)
Elizabeth Reis 224 pages.
Elizabeth Reis is an associate professor of women’s and gender studies.
The Answer/La Respuesta, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
(The Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 2009)
Second Critical Edition and Translation by Electa Arenal and Amanda Powell
Amanda Powell is a senior instructor of Spanish in the UO Department of Romance Languages & Literatures.
Prose Poems of the French Enlightenment: Delimiting Genre
(Ashgate Co., June 2009)
Through examination of nearly sixty works, Fabienne Moore traces the prehistory of the French prose poem, demonstrating that the disquiet of some 18th-century writers with the Enlightenment gave rise to the genre nearly a century before it is generally supposed to exist.
Fabienne Moore is an associate professor of French in the UO Department of Romance Languages & Literatures. Chapter 4, titled “Translation to the rescue,” includes a section on Anne Lefevre Dacier, a scholar and translator of Greek and Latin, whose work Moore researched thanks in part to a CSWS fellowship.
Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country
(University of Washington Press, 2009, 418 pages)
by Marsha L. Weisiger
Winner of the Hal K. Rothman Award, the Norris and Carol Hundley Prize, the Caroline Bancroft Honor Prize, and the Gaspar Perez de Villagra Award. Publisher’s synopsis
Marsha L. Weisiger is an associate professor in the UO Department of History and a CSWS faculty affiliate.