Keridwen Luis is a cultural anthropologist who specializes in gender, sexuality, agency/identity, and the body. Her current book project, Embodying Herland: The Women's Land Movement, Culture, and Gender (upcoming from University of Minnesota Press), examines the contemporary women’s land movement in the United States through lesbian identity, body praxis, and ideas about community and race. Another current research project, “Fan Bodies and Fan Performance: Community, Identity, and Intersecting Selves,” explores body performance among science fiction fans. This project examines the intersections between fandom identity and other identities such as queerness/sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, and body shape/ability/presentation.
Her most recent publication is "The Tale of the Women: Gender, Gender Roles, and Sexuality in Emma Donoghue's Kissing the Witch," in Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Popular Fantasy: Beyond Boy Wizards and Kick-Ass Chicks, Jude Roberts and Esther MacCallum-Stewart, eds. Routledge: 2016.
She holds a doctorate in Anthropology and an M.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Brandeis University, where she also teaches in the Anthropology, Sociology, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments. In the 2016-17 year, she will be teaching American Social Bodies (fall) and Identity, Inequality, and Social Media (spring). Over the summer, she will be teaching When the Princess Saves Herself: Gender and Retold Fairy Tales, and The Human Market: Global Traffic in Human Beings, from Forced Labor to Stolen Cells, here at the Harvard Summer School.
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