Welcome to the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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  • Email: vn122@rutgers.edu
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  • Office: Institute for Research on Women, Room 209



Ph.D., American Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies (now Global Gender and Sexuality Studies), University at Buffalo

Research Interests

Histories of activism, African American women’s intellectual history, critical race theory, transnational feminism, transnational aspects of LGBTQ movements with a special focus on Romania.

Biographical Notes

Ileana (Voichita) Nachescu is a scholar of American Studies and transnational feminism. In 1998, she co-founded the first Women’s Studies Center at her alma mater, the University of the West, Timisoara, Romania. Her monograph titled A Dimension of Humanism: Intellectual Activism and the National Alliance of Black Feminists (1974-1983) centers the history of the women’s liberation movement during the long 1970s on the activist and theoretical work of Midwestern African American feminists. Her second book project uses critical whiteness studies and a transnational feminist analysis to explore the experiences of recent Eastern Europeans immigrants dispossessed by their countries’ entrance into the global circuits of neoliberal capitalism after the end of state socialism. She has chronicled the Romanian LGBTQ movement in both academic writing and journalism. In her creative nonfiction, she attempts to map the fraught and shifting contours of home from an immigrant’s perspective. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is at work on a book-length project, Memoirs of a Socialist Childhood, in which she seeks to explore the articulations of gender, class, and race in a society of equals.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University
Research Grant, Sophia Smith College Archives
Excellence in Teaching Award, University at Buffalo
Global Supplementary Grant, Open Society Institute
Doctoral Support Grant, Central European University

Selected Publications

“Intersectional Consciousness Raising, Black Women Political Intellectuals, and the National Alliance of Black Feminists.” In “Lifting as We Climb”: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History, edited by Hettie V. Williams, 205-225. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2018.

“Unclassifiable Outsiders: Transnational Whiteness, Eastern European Women, and the American Academe.” In Narratives of Marginalized Identities in Higher Education, edited by Santosh Khadka, Joanna C. Davis-McElligatt and Keith Dorwick. Routledge: 2018.

“Gender, Revisited.” Review essay, Women’s Studies Quarterly 41, 3-4 (Fall/Winter 2013).

“Radical Feminism and the Nation: History and Space in the Political Imagination of Second-Wave Feminism.” Journal for the Study of Radicalism 3, no. 1 (2009): 25-51.

“Hierarchies of Difference: National Identity, Gay and Lesbian Rights and the Church in Post-communist Romania.” In Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia, ed. Aleksandar Stulhofer, 57-79. Binghamton: The Haworth Press, 2005.

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