Roderick A. Ferguson, a recognized leader in the study of race, sexuality, and American institutions, has been appointed William Robertson Coe Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Professor of American Studies, starting April 17th.
He is a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.
Ferguson joined Yale faculty in 2019 after holding faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Chicago; and scholarships to Princeton and the University of California Humanities Research Institute. He is the author of four books which have defined the methods and vocabulary that scholars of gender and sexuality use to understand the workings of race and gender, and which have shed light on the role of higher education. in forming ideas about difference. In “Aberrations in Black: Toward a Queer of Color Critique” (2004), Ferguson introduced the concept of queer criticism of color, which has since become a key focus that scholars have borrowed and adapted in order to situate race critiques. , gender, and sexuality in the analyzes of cultural, economic and epistemological formations. By providing a history and critique of how the discipline of sociology has confronted race, âAberrations in Blackâ anticipates Ferguson’s upcoming book, âThe Reorder of Things: The University and Its Pedagogies of Minority Differenceâ (2012 ), which provides an unprecedented account of how fields like gender studies and black studies developed in the wake of the protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and how the legacy of the student movements was institutionalized by established power networks. In âWe Demand: The University and Student Protestsâ (2017), Ferguson shows how the progressive forms of knowledge demanded in student protest movements are threatened by anti-intellectualism. In his most recent book “One-Dimensional Queer” (2018), Ferguson complicates the singular narrative of gay rights as the struggle for sexual freedom, instead showing how queer liberation emerged from struggles that have crossed politics. race, gender, class and sexuality. .
In addition, Ferguson has published over 30 scientific papers and book chapters that exemplify his broad intellect: they address topics that include black art and poetry; activism for marriage equality; sexuality and neoliberalism; and questions about class, migration and anti-racism.
In 2020, Ferguson received the Kessler Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for LGBTQ Studies. In recognition of his leadership in the study of race, sexuality, and American institutions, Ferguson was elected president of the American Studies Association, a position he held from 2018 to 2019. He is co-editor of the âDifference Incorporatedâ series. published for the University of Minnesota Press, a site for the publication of groundbreaking new books on the links between race, gender, sexuality, knowledge production and capitalism.
Ferguson has only been at Yale since 2019, but during that short time he has played an invaluable role in advancing the work of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He is chair of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. He has served on key recruiting committees that have brought transformative new professors to Yale. He chairs the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Yale Prison Education Initiative and, as a member of the Social Sciences and Humanities Doctoral Education Advisory Working Group, helped draft the recent report on Humanities Graduate Studies. In addition, he was an advisor to the Presidential Committee on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. A sought-after mentor, Ferguson’s teaching interests include the politics of culture, feminism of women of color, the study of race, critical academic studies, queer social movements, and social theory.