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TJ Boisseau

TJ Boisseau

Associate Professor // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS

Associate Professor of History (Courtesy Appointment) // History

Associate Professor // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // American Studies // SIS

Affiliated Faculty // African American Studies // SIS

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 6162


Phone: 765-496-2940


WGSS 280 Introduction to WGSS
WGSS 383 Women & Work
WGSS 480 Feminisms in Global Perspective

WGSS 680 Feminist Theory
WGSS 681 Graduate Seminar in Feminist Studies (Variable Topics)

TJ Boisseau is a historian of U.S. women, former director and Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Purdue University. Her research explores women’s cultural interventions by way of a variety of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century popular mediums—including mass news media, travel literature, autobiography, popular film, and worlds’ fairs—for the contributions they have made to the historical formation of American feminism as a set of national and transnational ideas, practices, politics, and identities. She received her PhD in U.S. women’s history from Binghamton University in New York, her M.A. in U.S. History from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and her B.A. in History and Women’s Studies from Suffolk University in Boston. 

Dr. Boisseau’s principle publications include a historical monograph, White Queen:  May French-Sheldon and the Origins of American Feminist Identity (Indiana University Press, 2004); numerous book chapters and contributions to edited collections;, as well as articles and essays appearing in MeridiansFeminism, Race, Transnationalism; Psychology of Women and Equalities Review; Feminist StudiesFeminist TeacherWomen’s History Reviewthirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture; Anthropology and Education QuarterlyGender & HistorySigns:  Journal of Women and Culture in Society. Her co-edited publications include Feminist Legal History (New York University Press, 2010); Gendering the Fair (University of Illinois, 2009); and “New Orleans:  The Gender Politics of Place and Displacement”—a special issue of the National Women’s Studies Association Journal (2008).  Her current book project, “Women with the World at their Feet,” examines women’s promotion of their interests, participation, and representation at American world’s fairs and expositions.

At Purdue, Dr. Boisseau teaches courses in feminist theory and intersectional feminist perspectives on transnational women’s history, women’s work, cinema, and American popular culture.  Most recently, Dr. Boisseau served as a 2017 Fulbright Senior Scholar teaching transnational feminist theory to fellows at the Gender Equality Studies Training Programme at the University of Iceland, sponsored by the United Nations. In 2003-04, she served as Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Bayreuth in Germany, where she taught feminist and historical perspectives on American popular culture.  From 2017 to 2020, she served as Purdue University’s inaugural Amelia Earhart Faculty-in-Residence at Windsor Hall.