Engaged Scholarship

The Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies welcomes national and international scholars to engage in interdisciplinary discussion and research. Gender, sexuality, race, class, and a variety of other topics span across societies and cultures, and we encourage studies in these areas, hoping to assist in holding englightening conversations on a global scale. We have had the pleasure of welcoming several scholars to the department over the years.

Dr. Alm of the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).

Erika Alm is a senior lecturer and the deputy head of the Gender Studies department at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She is invested in a number of subjects, including feminist theory, body politics, feminist materialism, and the cultural and social disciplining of non-normative expressions of sex and gender. Dr. Alm’s latest publications include “The Rainbow Flag as Frication: Transnational, Imagined Communities of Belonging among Pakastani Activists” (2016) and “Negotiating the (bio)medical gaze- Experiences of trans-specific healthcare in Sweden” (2017). She is continuing her work as lecturer and deputy head in Sweden. Visit Dr. Alm's page to learn more about her research.



Dr. Ericsson of Linnaeus University and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).Stina Ericsson is a professor of Swedish at Linnaeus University and an associate professor of Swedish at the University of Gothenburg. She spent the fall semester in 2016 at WGSS, teaching a graduate course on Queer Linguistics. Her research focuses on everyday interactions between people, investigating gender and sexuality normativities in such interactions. Her latest publications include Children’s Ongoing and Relational Negotiation of Informed Assent in Child-Researcher, Child-Child and Child-Parent Interaction (2017), The Language of Cisnormativity: Children and Parents in Interaction with a Multimodal App (2018), and a forthcoming chapter on Gender and Sexuality Normativities in The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality. Visit Dr. Ericsson's pages to learn more about her research.


Dr. Tobias Linné of Lund University (Sweden).Tobias Linné is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Media of Lund University in Sweden. His research interests are in the fields of critical animal studies and critical media studies, reflected in his publications “Plant-based milk: From Obscurity to Visions of a Post-Dairy Society” (2017) and “Cows on Facebook and Instagram: Interspecies Intimacy in the Social Media Spaces of the Swedish Dairy Industry” (2016). Dr. Linné is the co-founder of the Lund University Critical Animal Studies Network, author of two books, and has contributed works in multiple mediums. He is continuing his work and teaching in Sweden. Visit Dr. Linné's page to learn more about his research.



Dr. Birgit Kaiser of Utrecht University (Netherlands).Birgit Kaiser is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and Transcultural Aesthetics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Her research spans literatures in English, French, and German of the 19th to the 21st century, with special interests in aesthetics, affect, and subject-formation. She is the author of the book Figures of Simplicity. Sensation and Thinking in Kleist and Melville, and the editor of multiple books on the configurations of subjectivity. During her time at OSU, Dr. Kaiser worked on her book project on Hélène Cixous and a transcultural aesthetics of subject formation. Visit Dr. Kaiser's page to learn more about her research.


Dr. Kathrin Thiele of Utrecht University (Netherlands).Kathrin Thiele is an associate professor in Gender Studies and the Department of Media and Culture Studies of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Trained in transdisciplinary in Gender Studies, Sociology, Literary Studies, and Critical Theory, Dr. Thiele’s research focuses on questions of ethics from queer feminist, decolonial, and posthuman(ist) perspectives. Several of her publications have been released, such as The Thought of Becoming (2008) and multiple co-edited texts. During her time at OSU, she worked on the manuscript of her forthcoming book, A Different Difference: Immanence, Relationality and Entanglement in Contemporary Feminist Thought. Visit Dr. Thiele's page to learn more about her research.