Stina Soderling is a doctoral candidate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Her dissertation, “In the Crevices of Global Capitalism: Rural Queer Community Formation,” is an interdisciplinary study of the phenomenon of rural intentional queer communities in North America, focusing on questions of access to land. The project is based on ethnographic fieldwork in rural Tennessee, as well as archival research and oral histories. It draws on queer theory, feminist environmental studies, new materialism, and settler colonial studies.
Teaching is central to Stina’s work as a scholar, and she has taught at Rutgers and at Mt Holyoke College, where she was a Five College Dissertation Fellow in the Gender Studies Department. Her teaching interests include queer theory, environmental justice and ecofeminism, and feminist perspectives on the prison system.She is the recipient of the Linda Rothman Award for Teaching Excellence from Rutgers.She has also been the coordinator for the prison-to-college efforts of the Progressive Education Initiative, a volunteer-run organization providing education to incarcerated women.
Debotri Dhar is a CEW 2015-16 Jean Campbell Visiting Scholar and lecturer in Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She previously taught at Rutgers University, and at the College of Wooster, and held a research affiliation at Boston University. Debotri has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and edited volumes, including Education and Gender (London/New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014); 'Radha's Revenge; Feminist Agency, Postcoloniality and the Politics of Desire in Anita Nair's Mistress,' Postcolonial Text, Vol 7, No 4 (2012); and given conference papers, talks, and invited presentations at Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Boston University, Harvard University, and elsewhere. Her awards and honors include an Excellence Fellowship; a South Asian Studies research award; an Institute for Research on Women Fellowship; and a Distinction in Women's Studies. She has taught several courses, including Feminist Theory; The Gendered Body; Knowledge and Power: Issues in Women’s Leadership; Gender and Representation; Social Justice: Literature and Politics; Transnational Feminisms; and Sexual Violence and the State: Global Perspectives. At Rutgers, she received the Linda Rothman Award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching.