Jess Whatcott

TitlePhD Candidate,
Graduate Student Association President
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentPolitics Department,
Feminist Studies Department,
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Web Site CV
OfficeMerrill 135,
GSA Office in Graduate Student Commons
Campus Mail StopMerrill Faculty Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Jess Whatcott

Research Interests

My dissertation research considers how early twentieth century institutions in California -- including reform schools, state hospitals, women's prisons, and homes for the feeble-minded -- normalized women and girls' deviant sexuality.

Biography, Education and Training

M.A., Politics, University of California Santa Cruz

M.A., Social Science, Environment and Community Program, Humboldt State University
B.A., Political Science and Women's Studies, Humboldt State University

Honors, Awards and Grants

Cota-Robles Fellowship

Teaching Interests

Critical prison studies

Queer theory and queer of color critique

Critical disability studies

Biopolitics, eugenics, and reproductive justice

Politics of violence

Sexualized violence

Feminist speculative fiction

California history and California public policy

Theories of the state