On 1st July, Dr. Kristina Gupta will join Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as an Assistant Professor. One can read the national trajectory of the history of the Women’s Studies Departments through Dr. Gupta’s career (which also reflects the history of our own program), as she received her BA in History and Women’s Studies from Georgetown University; her MA from Rutgers in Women’s and Gender Studies, and her Ph.D. from Emory in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Mind, Brain, and Culture from Emory University.
Dr. Gupta came to us from Georgetown University and researches the interplay between the biological and the social in how we come to experience our bodies and how we come to understand ourselves. She focuses in her work on engaging questions related to embodiment from a feminist science studies and disabilities studies perspective. In her research she considers how assumptions about gender, sexuality, and ability/disability shape scientific research and medical practice, and she also examines the social and political implications of scientific research and medical practice for women, sexual and gender minorities, as well as people with disabilities.
Her research has been published in such prestigious journals as the Journal of Medical Humanities, The American Journal of Bioethics, The Journal of Lesbian Studies, and Feminism & Psychology. Her most recent essay entitled “Asexuality and Disability: Mutual Negation in Adams v. Rice and New Directions for Coalition Building” has been published in Asexualities: Feminist and Queer Perspectives, edited by Megan Milks and Karli June Cerankowski (Routledge, March 2014). We are looking forward to having Dr. Gupta with us, and anticipate that the Wake Forest community will warmly embrace her.