Patrice D. Douglass
Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies
Patrice D. Douglass is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies. She holds a PhD and MA in Culture and Theory from the University of California, Irvine, a MA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and a BA in Feminist Studies and Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Her first book project, tentatively titled, Engendering Blackness: The Political Ontology of Sexual Violence
, deconstructs antebellum case law to examine the history of sexual violence under slavery. This project interrogates how the adjudication of sexual violence as a possible injury against the enslaved is absent in the legal record. By engaging black political and feminist theory, Engendering Blackness
interrogates how the narrative of gender suffering hinges upon an understanding of rights, will, and consent that situates the nexus between blackness and gender as a belated concern. Thus, this research extends theories of the gendered arrangements of slavery beyond the temporal limits of the institution. Instead, Engendering Blackness
demonstrates how across the span of slavery and its afterlife, gender and political theory are shortsighted in contending with the cartography of being and non-being, which emanate from the vulnerability of the enslaved to a state of absolute sexualized availability
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