Faculty Coordinator: Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Faculty Associate, Center for Human Rights
University of Washington Seattle
B.A. and M.A. Women Studies, San Francisco State University
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara
I knew I wanted to become a professor a couple of weeks into my first Women’s Studies class. Teaching is my absolute favorite part of my job and I was truly honored to be the UW Bothell recipient of the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award in 2019. In general, my classes focus on politics, poverty, and resistance in the Third World, typically through the lenses of gender and feminism. I passionately believe that as residents of the most powerful country in the world we are in part responsible for global policies implemented in our name and with our money. It is therefore my goal to enable students to understand the historical and contemporary record regarding transnational policies and empower them to envision and create alternatives at all levels.
My courses expose students to small and large-scale examples of grassroots resistance to political, economic, and social injustice. In my classes I try and center the voices of marginalized communities. I want students of color to see themselves represented in the assigned texts and in the histories studied in class. I want women and LGBTQ folks to feel connected to and not alienated by the course content. I consider myself an ally to marginalized students; “an unafraid educator with and for undocumented students and families.” I want students to leave my classes inspired to keep asking whose voices are we not hearing and why? Ultimately, I hope that students are empowered to translate personal political frustration into mobilization for social justice.
In all of my classes I center feminist knowledge, student led learning, and research. For example, I co-created the Feminist Community Archive of Washington (FCA-WA) when I developed my GWSS class “Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality” (BISGWS 302). UWB librarians Denise Hattwig and Dave Ellenwood, Kara Adams, Director of the CBLR office, and I created the FCA-WA and students do community-based research about local organizations to populate it. (We have published a paper about the assignment and archive in the Feminist Teacher. 27(1): 47-65. 2016 ). Another feminist class project, also co-facilitated with Denise Hattwig, GWSS librarian Penelope Wood, and student peer facilitator & GWSS student Nicole Carter, is a zine called Badass Womxn in the Pacific Northwest. The entire class collectively produced an open-access, online and hard copy version which included 41 biographies of basass womxn in the PNW, original multilingual poetry and art, and more! This assignment happens in “Rad Womxn in the Global South” (BIS 227).
Recent blog posts by Julie Shayne on teaching and social justice are linked below:
Recent Courses Taught
BCORE 104/107 Place and Displacement in the Americas: Human Rights, Culture, and Ethnicity (co-taught with Professor Yolanda Padilla; co-taught with Jennifer Atkinson)
BIS 227 Rad Womxn in the Global South
BIS300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Social Movements
BISGST 303 History and Globalization
BISGWS 302 Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality
BIS 310 Women, Culture, and Development
BIS 490/BCULST 589: Culture and Resistance in the Americas
While on sabbatical in 2020 I am starting a new project about the political, intellectual, and academic history of what we now know as Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. I earned my BA in Women’s Studies in 1993 and have been at the forefront of developing and growing GWSS here at UW Bothell. We launched GWSS not even two weeks before Donald Trump was elected president. The project will look at the political trajectories that led feminist activists to demand and create Women’s Studies originally, how we have transformed it along the way, and how it has served as a refuge in times of heightened misogyny.
To date, my research has focused on gender, culture, resistance, revolution, and feminism in the Americas. I am also interested in the role knowledge production, the university, and academy writ-large play in resistance movements and vice versa, and more recently the history of Gender, Women, and Sexuality studies as both a social movement and scholarly interdiscipline. My last book is an edited collection titled Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas (SUNY Press, 2014). Taking Risks is an interdisciplinary edited collection where contributors narrate stories of activism and activist scholarship. The essays are based on our textual analysis of interviews, oral histories, ethnography, video storytelling, and theater. We discuss many activist projects: the underground library movement in Cuba, theater exposing the femicide in Juárez, community radio in Venezuela, video archives in Colombia, exiled feminists in Canada, memory activism in Argentina, sex worker activists in Brazil, rural feminists in Nicaragua, and domestic violence organizations for Latina immigrants in Texas. In addition to sharing the social movements centered in each chapter, as editor, I asked the contributors to speak to two themes: telling stories and taking risks. The contributors - scholars/activists/artists - come from many disciplinary backgrounds, and several different nations in the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and the US.
In 2009, They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism was published by Lexington Books. They Used to Call Us Witches is a socio-political history which focuses on how leftist Chilean women exiles organized and articulated resistance in the anti-Pinochet solidarity movement of the 1970s and ‘80s with specific attention to culture, emotions, and gender. It also addresses the development of exile feminism in the diaspora in the post-dictatorship period. The book focuses on the case of Chileans in Vancouver, British Columbia. They Used to Call Us Witches was awarded the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarship Award in 2011.
My first book is entitled The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba (Rutgers University Press, 2004.) In it I discuss the ways that women participated in revolutionary movements in all three countries. I argue that women used traditional gender norms and all of the attendant assumptions about passivity to maneuver in hostile territory in ways distinct from that of men. As a result, women strengthened revolutionary movements in ways that men could not. However, often their contributions were overlooked or even stifled which led to a frustration that in some cases was translated into feminism in the wake of the revolutionary movements.
Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas. SUNY Press. Paperback 2015; hardback 2014.
They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism. Lexington Books. 2009.
The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba. Rutgers University Press. 2004.
“Creating Counter Archives: The University of Washington Bothell’s Feminist Community Archive of Washington Project.” First author with Denise Hattwig, Dave Ellenwood, and Taylor Hiner. In Feminist Teacher. 27(1): 47-65. 2018.
“On Activist Scholarship and Women, Culture, and Development.” In Feminist Futures: Re-imagining Women, Culture and Development, 2nd edition. Edited by Priya Kurian, Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, and Debashish Munshi. Zed Books. 2016.