Purdue University College of Liberal Art

T.J. Boisseau

Please join me in congratulating TJ Boisseau, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, on being the recipient of a 2017 Fulbright Scholar Award to Iceland.

This award is the flagship scholarly award of the U.S. government. During her time in Iceland, TJ gave two talks on her research at the University of Iceland, one held at the National Museum for which she received a standing ovation.  She was also interviewed about U.S. women’s history for the National Radio service. In Iceland she taught a course on feminist film history for the Department of History and Philosophy and designed and coordinated the transnational feminist theory module for the graduate fellows enrolled in the Gender Equality Studies Training Center, a program at the University of Iceland sponsored by the United Nations University. 

TJ has been the director of the women’s, gender, and sexuality studies program since she joined Purdue in 2012. Her publications include a historical monograph, White Queen: May French-Sheldon and the Origins of American Feminist Identity (Indiana University Press, 2004), and articles appearing in Feminist Teacher, Women’s History Review, thirdspace, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Gender & History, Signs, and in numerous edited collections including her co-edited books, Feminist Legal History (New York University Press, 2011) and Gendering the Fair (Illinois University Press, 2010).  She also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of the National Women’s Studies Association (Fall 2008) on “Gender and the Politics of Place and Displacement” chronicling women’s experiences during and following Hurricane Katrina. She is currently working on a book about women’s representation at and participation in American world’s fairs and expositions entitled, “Women with the World at Their Feet.” Her essay "The Crowd, a sensory description of her experience participating in the 2017 Women's March in Washington, D.C., is featured in the current issue of Feminist Studies—the top journal in her field. 

Most recently, TJ was named the inaugural 2017-19 Amelia Earhart Faculty-in-Residence at Purdue. In that capacity, she will serve the students of Windsor Residential Community in a mentoring role that heartens back to the contributions made by one of Purdue's most illustrative former faculty members.

Congratulations, Dr. Boisseau.

David's Signature

David A. Reingold
Justin S. Morrill Dean
College of Liberal Arts