Cultural Studies Production

How do we engage with cultural studies?

How do we use cultural studies theory to engage with the world around us?

Below, we provide some examples of cultural studies in action – these examples and resources are grouped into broad categories, but as you’ll see, many sites and organizations can and do span multiple categories. This list is by no means comprehensive and we welcome suggestions for organizations, sites, people, etc.


Black Girl Dangerous
Blog devoted to the experiences of queer people of color.

Tits and Sass
Blog run by sex workers to resist the stereotypes and ideas around sex workers in the public.

An online community for young women organizing, blogging, and kicking ass.

Sexuality and Society
Sexuality & Society explores relationships between social institutions, cultural practices, sexual health, and sexual policy.

Blog about the intersection of race and pop culture.

Jim C. Hines
Blog about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols.

Settler Colonial studies
This blog follows scholarly developments that contribute to a greater awareness Settler Colonial Studies within the disciplines of history, law, genocide studies, indigenous, colonial and postcolonial studies, historical geography, economics, politics, sociology, international relations, political science, cultural and gender studies, philosophy – and everything in between.

The Toast
A daily blog feminist/humor blog [much satire].

Feminist Frequency
Blog, YouTube challenge, and organization that explores the representations of women in pop culture narratives.

Educational Sites

The Knotted Line
An interactive laboratory exploring the historical relationship between freedom and confinement.

The Sentencing Project
Research group working for a fair and effective criminal justice system. Provides numerous resources about current conditions of the US carceral state.

Open Culture
Free cultural and educational media online.

Visual representation of the everyday microaggressions.


Black Lives Matter Movement
A community-based movement towards the end of state violence against all black lives.

#not1more deportation
#Not1More builds collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.

18 Million Rising was founded to promote AAPI (Asian and Pacific Islanders) civic engagement, influence and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.

A national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against women of color and our communities through direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing.


The Root
The premier news, opinion and culture site for African-American influencers.  Founded in 2008, under the leadership of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., The Root provides smart, timely coverage of breaking news, thought-provoking commentary and gives voice to a changing, more diverse America.

Daily news site that covers stories on racial justice from the perspective of community.

Community Organizations

Harm Reduction Coalition Blog
A working group of needle exchange providers, advocates, and drug users challenging stigma.

Global Action for Trans* Equality (GATE)
A network of trans* rights internationally.

Organization providing services, education, and advocacy to sex workers, drug users, and their communities.

The Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Organization that works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

Southern Poverty Law Center
Organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society.  

American Civil Liberties Union
Organization working to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

El Centro de la Raza
A voice and a hub for Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County’s Latino community advocating on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice.

United Indians of all tribes Foundation
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (UIATF) was founded to serve as a focal point for the renewal and regeneration of Native Americans in the Greater Seattle area and beyond.

The Audre Lorde Project
A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area.

Pongo Teen Writing
A volunteer, nonprofit organization helping Seattle teens who are in jail, on the streets, or in other ways leading difficult lives express themselves through poetry and other forms of writing.


Hari Kondabolu
Comedian that makes fun of racist, sexist, capitalistic BS.

Samuel Killermann
Activist/Author/Austinite/Comedian/Designer/Developer/Hummus-Fiend/Illustrator/Person for Hire/Photographer/Poet/Social Justice Advocate/Speaker/Storyteller/Thinker/Writer who travels the world creating.

The Onion
[Satire] The Onion is the world’s leading news publication, offering highly acclaimed, universally revered coverage of breaking national, international, and local news events. Rising from its humble beginnings as a print newspaper in 1765, The Onion now enjoys a daily readership of 4.3 trillion and has grown into the single most powerful and influential organization in human history.


Author(s)  Title Year Published Page Count Notes
Aanerud, Rebecca The Legacy of White Supremacy and the Challenge of White Antiracist Mothering 2007 20 pages Cultural Studies Faculty
Anderson, Christian Warped by the field: the gravity of the margins on West Forty-Sixth Street 2013 12 pages  Cultural Studies Faculty
Ayvazian, Andrea Interrupting the cycle of oppression: The role of allies as agents of change 1995 4 pages  
Berger, Dan Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, and mass incarceration: an interview on contemporary social movements with David Gilbert 2012 12 pages  Cultural Studies Faculty
Bernstein, Charles 
Attack of the difficult poems 2011 10 pages   
Bourdieu, Pierre  Distinction: A social critique of the judgement of taste 1984 6 pages   
Brown, Kate H.  & Gillespie,  Diane  Responding to moral distress in the university: Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed 1999  7 pages   
Burgett, Bruce; Kanta-Kochar-Lindgren; Krabill, Ron; and Thomas, Elizabeth  The affirmative character of cultural studies  2011  20 pages   Cultural Studies Faculty
Butler, Judith   Is kinship always already heterosexual?   2002  31 pages    
Charusheela, S.  Intersectionality 2013  8 pages Cultural Studies Faculty
Conquergood, Dwight  
 Performing as a moral act: Ethical dimensions of the ethnography of performance 1985  12 pages   
Dowling, Sarah  
“How Lucky I Was to Be Free and Safe at Home”: Reading Humor in Miné Okubo’s Citizen 13660   2014 25 pages  Cultural Studies Faculty 
Dyer-Witheford, Nick
Cognitive capitalism and the contested campus  2005  23 pages   

Ferguson, Kathy E.  

The man question: visions of subjectivity in feminist theory  1991   23 pages   
Foucault, Michel  Studies in Governmentality/ch. 3: Questions of method    1980  15 pages  
Foucault, Michel   Studies in Governmentality/ch. 4: Governmentality 1978  18 pages  
Gardner, Ben 
Tourism and the politics of the global land grab in Tanzania: markets, appropriation and recognition  2012   27 pages   Cultural Studies Faculty
Gibson-Graham, J. K.  
 Waiting for the revolution, or how to smash capitalism while working at home in your spare time 1993  7 pages   
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson  
 Globalisation and US prison growth: from military Keynesianism to post-Keynesian militarism 1998  18 pages   
Gilroy, Paul  
The empire strikes back/ch. 8: Steppin’ out of Babylon – race, class and autonomy   1982 41 pages  Preview only - full text available from various merchants 
Gregory, Derek;  Johnston, Ron; Pratt, Geraldine; Watts, Michael J.; and Whatmore, Sarah 
A definition of ethnography for researchers  2009  5 pages   
Grossberg, Lawrence  
On the political responsibilities of cultural studies  2010  7 pages   
Hall, Stuart   Cultural Studies and its theoretical legacies  1992   11 pages   
Hall, Stuart   Signification, representation, ideology: Althusser and the post-structuralist debates  1985   25 pages    
Hanhardt, Christina B.  
 Left queer 2012  2 pages    
Harding, Sandra  Thinking from the perspective of lesbian lives  1991  11 pages   Preview only - full text available from various merchants 
 Policy and Performance in the Caribbean   2008   16 pages  Cultural Studies Faculty
Hayles, N. Katherine  
How we read: close, hyper, machine (pdf) 2010  18 pages  PDF download 
James, Joy   American ‘prison notebooks’  2004   15 pages   
Joseph, Miranda   Community  2007  3 pages  
Kelley, Robin D.G.  
Yo’ Mama’s disFUNKtional!/ch. 2: Looking to get paid: how some Black youth put culture to work  1997   19 pages  
Lerum, Kari 
 A FemmeNist ManiPedifesto 2014  7 pages Cultural Studies Faculty
Lorde, Audre  There is no hierarchy of oppressions  1983   1 page   

Padilla, Yolanda 

The Transnational National: Race, the Border, and the Immigrant Nationalism of Josefina Niggli's "Mexican Village"  2009   29 pages Cultural Studies Faculty 
Puar, Jasbir K.    Mapping US homonormativities  2006  23 pages  
Rankine, Claudia   Citizen: An American Lyric*
Links to Gray Wolf Press – available for purchase  
2014  160 pages Limited # of copies available through UW library system 
Reddy, Chandan  
 Time for rights? Loving, gay marriage, and the limits of comparative legal justice  2011 15 pages   
Rodriguez, Dylan  
Forced Passages/”You be all the prison writer you wish”: The context of radical prison praxis  2006  20 pages  
Scott, Joan W.    The evidence of experience 1991   11 pages  
Shayne, Julie

Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas 

SUNY Press.


335 pages

Cultural Studies Faculty

Solomos, John; Findlay, Bob; Jones, Simon; and Gilroy, Paul

The empire strikes back/ch 1: The organic crisis of British capitalism and race: the experience of the seventies   1982   40 pages  
Somerville, Siobhan B.   Queer Loving  2005   36 pages  
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty  Teaching for the times  1992  20 pages    
Stewart, Eric  Narrative Insurrections: HIV, Circulating Knowledges, and Local Resistances  2006   31 pages

Cultural Studies Faculty

*Links to PDF version in UWB Library 

Stoler, Ann 
 Sexual affronts and racial frontiers: European identities and the cultural politics of exclusion in colonial Southeast Asia  1992 38 pages   
Stoler, Ann Laura 
 Race and the education of desire  1995 127 pages  
Toft, Amoshaun 
Contextualizing Technology Use: Communication Practices in a Local Homeless Movement  2011  29 pages   Cultural Studies Faculty
Williams, Raymond  
Base and Superstructure in Marxist Cultural Theory  1973  14 pages   
Willis, Paul & Trondman, Mats  
Manifesto for ethnography  2000  13 pages   PDF
Zizek, Slavoj  
Against human rights   2005 17 pages