Postdocs

Evelyn Autry

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  • ACLS Emerging Voices Post Doc Associate Fellow
  • Department: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Email: evelyn.autry@rutgers.edu
  • Tel: : 615-738-0476
  • Research Interests: Latin American Studies, Peruvian Literature, Memory and Testimonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Indigenous feminisms, Decolonial Thinking.
  • Education: Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia (2020)

BIO

Evelyn Saavedra Autry is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in WGSS for 2020-2021. She received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. At Rutgers University, she will teach “Feminist Genealogies: Decolonial Thinking and Indigenous Feminisms”, a graduate course that contextualizes recent feminist/queer turns towards decoloniality in the Americas. She has been awarded the University of Georgia Dissertation Completion Award, University of Georgia Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship, Tinker Field Research Award, Nina Hellerstein Award, Graduate School Dean’s Award for Arts and Humanities, among others. She is currently working on her first monograph, Race, Gender, Violence, and Memory in Peruvian Narratives of the Andes, which offers an in-depth examination of the colonial mechanisms behind the objectification of Indigenous women in Peru. In an effort to add breadth to Andean studies, she examines a heterogenous body of texts that include conquest chronicles, foundational Indigenista works, popular Indigenous art, literature of Peru’s internal armed conflict, and prison writing from Andean women who belonged to the Shining Path.

Naomi Extra

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  • ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow in Feminist Knowledge and Social Justice
  • Department: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Email: ne100@womenstudies.rutgers.edu
  • Research Interests: Black feminisms, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, Black women's history, African American literature
  • Education: Ph.D. in American Studies, Rutgers University, Newark

BIO

Naomi Extra is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Knowledge and Social Justice in WGSS for 2021-2022. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. In both her creative and scholarly work, she explores the themes of pleasure and agency in the lives of Black women and girls. Her dissertation entitled "Sex-Positive Black Feminism: A Literary Tradition, 1967-1988"
is an interdisciplinary project that explores the work of three non canonical black queer writers—Red Jordan Arobateau, Ann Allen Shockley, and SDiane Bogus—whose writing about sex and sexuality changes the way we understand feminist, LGBTQ, and literary history in the United States. She has been awarded fellowships by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Cave Canem, Crescendo Literary, and the African American Intellectual History Society. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Zora, Glamour, Lit Hub, The Lily, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her poetry manuscript, Ratchet Supreme, was selected by poet Tiana Clark as the winner of the 2019 BOAAT Chapbook Prize. Currently, she teaches the undergraduate course Introduction to Critical Sexualities Studies.