Meet 5 Temple professors who teach and research gender, sexuality, and women’s studies


In addition to its Philadelphia roots, R1 research status, diverse student body, and successful alumni, Temple is known for its distinguished faculty, including those who teach and research gender, sexuality, and women’s issues. Meet five professors from the College of Liberal Arts who focus on these topics.

Joyce Joyce, English teacher

Formerly chair of Temple’s English and African American Studies departments, Joyce studies African American literary criticism, African American poetry and fiction, black feminist theory, and black lesbian writers. She has published on authors such as Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston and Temple Poet in Residence Sonia Sanchez. Some of his books are Warriors, Conjurers and Priests: Defining Africa-Centric Literary Criticism; Black Studies as Human Studies: Critical Essays and Interviews; and Ijala: Sonia Sanchez and the African poetic tradition. She has taught courses such as black women writers, Black feminist critiquesm and intellectual Thought, Essential Questions in Women’s Studiesand Black lesbian writers.

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Judith Levine, Associate Professor of Sociology

Levine’s academic interests lie at the intersection of poverty and social policy and gender and labor. She is director of the Public Policy Lab at the College of Liberal Arts and former director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program. She is interested in how women’s social interactions affect their economic outcomes, which she explores in her book No Trust: How Bosses, Boyfriends and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Moms and Why It Matters. Levine has written and spoken about his research in publications and media such as Boston Review, Pacific Standard, MSNBC, NBC News and WHYY’s. Radio schedules. Additionally, her work has been published in academic journals such as The Sociological Quarterly, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Journal of Human Resources. In his current study, To get a job, she follows a cohort of university seniors entering the job market. Classes Levine has taught include Gender in America, women and povertyand Introduction to Women’s Studies.

Image of Laura Levitt standing outside.(Photograph by Joseph V. Labolito)

Laura Levitt, professor of religion

Levitt studies gender, American Jewish life, the Holocaust, memory, trauma, loss, and visual culture. She chaired Temple’s Department of Religions and directed its Jewish Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies programs. She is currently Chair of the Sexual Misconduct Office of the Association for Jewish Studies. A prolific scholar, Levitt has written numerous books, articles, bibliographies/encyclopedias, and scholarly blogs. His recent work includes The objects that remain, “The Allure of Material Objects: Fetishization Reconsidered” for the Massachusetts Review, and “Revisiting Reflections on Relics and Contagion in Two Parts” for Political Theology. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, including Race and Identity in Judaism; feminist theory; Secularism: Muslim and Jewish women; Graduate Feminist and Queer Theory; and the Research Seminar on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies.

Image of Jennifer Pollitt standing outside.(Photograph by Joseph V. Labolito)

Jennifer Pollitt, Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

A sex educator, researcher and activist, Pollitt aims to help others find their voice and participate in the discourse on civil rights and class systems. She has lectured and facilitated workshops for academic and professional audiences, such as Empathy at Work, LLC, which she co-founded, and the inaugural Men & #MeToo conference, which she hosted in Philadelphia in 2019. Pollitt has also developed sex education programs. for the University of Science, Princeton University and the American Medical Student Association. Its courses and programs focus on topics such as sexual and erotic agency, LGBTQIA civil rights, reproductive rights, gender equality, and the influence of pop culture on informal sex education in American society. . Classes Pollitt has taught in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program at Temple include Foundations of Women’s Studies; Introduction to gender; Men & Masculinities; Sexuality & Disability; Love, marriage and family; and fieldwork and capstone courses. Additionally, she throws sex educationa new course she will teach in the fall of 2022.

Image of Yun Zhu leaning on a staircase in front of a red background.(Photograph by Ryan S. Brandenberg)

Yun Zhu, associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern languages ​​and studies

Zhu’s research interests are Chinese literature and culture, women and gender, translation studies and comparative literature. His first book, Imagining Sisterhood in Modern Chinese Texts, 1890-1937, was published in 2017. Additionally, she has written articles for various academic journals, including Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, East Asian Journal of Popular Culture, and Intertexts: A Journal of Comparative and Theoretical Reflection. Zhu has taught courses such as Women in Chinese Literature, Love and Desire in Chinese Literature and Cinemaand Chinese science fiction.


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