My approach to teaching is grounded in feminist and critical pedagogies. I see my primary goals as empowering students, developing critical thinking skills, and encouraging students to challenge course materials. I design both in-class activities and writing assignments to reflect these teaching goals. In class, I use a variety of quick writes, think/pair/share exercises, peer review, and group activities and discussions. Notable examples from past classes include moot courts with students re-arguing historic LGBT rights cases, debates over the merits of lesbian separatism, anonymous polling followed by class discussion about religious exemptions, and discussions in pairs about the qualities of an ideal plaintiff. I develop writing assignments that require students to develop their own argument using readings from class and original research.
I have designed and taught the following original courses:
History of LGBTQ Legal Activism
Syllabus | Sample Video Lectures
This course introduces students to the history of LGBTQ legal activism. Beginning in the 1970s, the course focuses on debates between lesbian and gay (and later bisexual, transgender, and queer) activists over how and when to use the law and courts. The course uses these debates as a lens onto the very different ways that activists defined the meaning of LGBTQ identity and the goals of a lesbian and gay social movement. Students consider the strategic, political, cultural, and ideological stakes involved in these debates. The course also consider how these debates have and have not taken up the intersection of LGBTQ identities with issues of race, gender, poverty, age discrimination, and immigration status.
Law, Gender, and Sexuality
Syllabi: Winter 2012 | Spring 2011
This course covers the legal regulation of gender and sexuality. Students begin with the legal and political history of women’s rights and lesbian and gay rights. The course then considers contemporary legal regulation of gender and sexuality in several arenas, including criminal regulation of sex; pornography, sex toys, and prostitution; families; the military; hate crimes; and health care and HIV/AIDS. The course concludes with developing issues in LGBT law: schools, immigration, and transgender rights.
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