In this class, we’ll study classic and contemporary versions of fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Beauty and the Beast to understand how these tales prepare children for the social and sexual relationships of adulthood.
This course will examine unconventional representations of gender and sexuality in current TV series and recent movies, as well as a few earlier films. We will use feminist and queer approaches to think about spectatorship, masculinity, transgender politics, the family, cult films and fan cultur
Through the politics of dress, this course investigates the inseparable links between cultures, aesthetics, and politics, as demonstrated in debates about Muslim practices of veiling, the role of clothing in colonialism's "civilizing" mission, immigrant and "third world" sweatshop labor and globa
This course familiarizes students with the major concepts, frameworks, and central debates animating transgender studies scholarship and politics.
Examines the history of gender in videogames, focusing on how movements like #GamerGate, #RaceFail09, internet bullying, doxing and trolling emerged as the coordinated effort to consolidate and maintain videogames and geek culture as the domain of masculinity and whiteness.
This course explores the complex relationship between gender and disability, including the fraught connections that certain avenues of feminist, queer, and transgender politics have with disability.
Explores the phenomenon of autobiography in the contemporary world. Students will read theories of autobiography, and ask questions about how writing about the self is gendered, and how representations of the self fare in the outside world.
Aspects of popular culture, including television, magazines, newspapers, social networking sites, and internet sources to name a few, are ways that health information is disseminated. Students will examine how we define health and understand disease as related to popular culture.
Aubree Henderson is a therapist-in-training turned nonprofit professional based in Brooklyn, New York. A Champaign-Urbana native, Aubree earned a Bachelor’s degree in Gender & Women’s Studies and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. She went on to earn her M.Ed in Counseling & Human Development from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked primarily with adults in recovery from substance abuse.