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Jennifer DeClue

Assistan Professor in the Study of Women and Gender

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Assistant Professor Jennifer DeClue teaches queer studies courses that focus on  ways that gender, sexuality, race, class, and ability conspire to produce belonging, marginalization, vital networks, and grave losses.  By engaging with queer theoretical texts and critical concepts of race and class alongside visual and literary cultural production, her courses explore how representation and theoretical analysis can create systems of knowing that help us make sense of hierarchies of power that structure the lives of queer, racialized, and marginalized groups and individuals. She holds a BFA in film production from Art Center College of Design and a Ph.D. in American Studies and Ethnicity from the University of Southern California. She is thrilled to have joined the Smith faculty in 2015.

Professor DeClue’s research interests include queer studies, black feminism, visual studies, cultural studies, diasporic loss, histories of segregation and miscegenation in the U.S., the after life of chattel slavery, and the construction, production, and reproduction of blackness in the United States.  Her work has been published in GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies and Spectator, as well as critical anthologies of race, gender, visuality, and sexuality.  Before beginning her career in academia, Jennifer DeClue worked in film production in Los Angeles, screened films for the Sundance film festival, programmed films for the Outfest film festival, and served as the film programmer for Outfest Fusion from 2011 through 2013.