The Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality is delighted to announce that the 2018-19 F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies will be Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley. Tinsley joins us from the University of Texas at Austin where she is Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and an affiliate of the LGBTQ Studies Program and the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.
She has published two books with Duke University Press – Thiefing Sugar: Eroticism Between Women in Caribbean Literature (2010); and Ezili’s Mirrors: Black Feminism, Afro Atlantic Genders, and the Work of the Imagination (2018). University of Texas Press will release her book Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism in the fall of 2018.
Tinsley will be the first Matthiessen Professor to be in residence at Harvard for a full academic year. She will teach four courses in WGS – two in the fall, two in the spring. Her fall courses are Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism: Popular Music and Black Feminist Theory and Ain't I a Wo/man? Gender and Sexuality in the Caribbean and the African Americas. In the spring she will teach Femme Theory: An Introduction to the Critical Study of Queer Femininities and The Postcolonial Amazonian: Corporality, Gender, and Sexuality in Caribbean Literature.
Please join us in welcoming Professor Tinsley to Harvard next September!
The F.O. Matthiessen Visiting Professorship of Gender and Sexuality was created thanks to a generous gift from members and supporters of Harvard’s LGBTQ alumni group, the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus (now the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus). The resulting endowment enables Harvard to invite eminent scholars studying issues related to sexual minorities -- that is, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- or to sexuality, to teach in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The Matthiessen Professorship is named after F. O. Matthiessen (1902–1950), founder of the field of American Studies and a distinguished gay Harvard professor. Matthiessen chaired the undergraduate program in history and literature at Harvard and was the first senior tutor of Eliot House.