Caroline Light

Caroline Light

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
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Caroline Light has served as WGS Director of Studies since 2008. Prior to her arrival at Harvard, she worked at Duke University, where she taught courses in Gender and Sexuality Studies, First Year Writing, and in the Global Americas Focus Program. She also coordinated Duke's Institute for Critical U.S. Studies.

Light has a doctorate in history, with particular focus on gender, race, and sexuality in the U.S. South. Her teaching and research interests include transnational feminist histories; immigration; U.S. consumer culture; and intersections of citizenship, race, and sexuality in the United States. 

She is the author of That Pride of Race and Character: The Roots of Jewish Benevolence in the Jim Crow South, from New York University Press (2014). Other research projects include a study of the negative implications of "compassionate consumption" and a critical genealogy of contemporary "Stand Your Ground" laws.

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Boylston Hall G32
5 Harvard Yard
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: 617-495-1964

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