LGBT Studies continues to grow at Princeton. The LGBT Center regularly does programming with academic departments and programs across campus. Many students and faculty include LGBT topics in their academic work, and two place place of note are the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Postdoctoral Fellow in LGBT Studies.
The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of femininity, masculinity, sex roles, gender, sexuality, and the family in societies both past and present. Our courses, which are open to all students, examine gender from a variety of disciplinary perspective. We offer core courses, seminars sponsored by the program, and cross-listed courses, and we also direct students to courses of interest that are based in other programs and departments. A current list of course offerings is available on the program’s website.
Fellowship in LGBT Studies
Fund for Reunion, Inc., the LGBT Alumni Association of Princeton University, and the Society of Fellows are co-sponsors of a three-year postdoctoral fellowship to be awarded to a scholar working on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender issues in any of the disciplines represented in the Society, and particularly in new and emerging fields.
The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to pursue research in anyscholarly areas that will make a positive contribution toward public discoursearound contemporary LGBT issues. The successful candidate is required to teach one course each semester for the first two years and normally does some advising in his/her specialty or related areas. In the third year, the fellowteaches only one course and devotes the final semester to full-time research.
The LGBT fellow is also encouraged to share research interests with the wider campus community, with the aim of creating a sustained dialogue on issues related to LGBT equality.
Tey Meadow holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Her work examines the ways social institutions such as law, politics and the family respond to challenges to gender and sexual classifications. She is currently at work on a book, entitled Raising Transgender, which examines the first generations of parents actively supporting and facilitating gender nonconformity in their children. The dissertation, from which the book is based, won the Martin P. Levine Memorial Dissertation Fellowship from the American Sociological Association. Tey's previous projects include a study of how U.S. courts cope with individuals who seek to alter their legal gender and a comparative historical analysis of the law and politics of same sex marriage in South Africa and the United States. Her work has received support from the American Sociological Association, The Social Science Research Council, the Institute for Public Knowledge, and New York University. Tey maintains an active commitment to public sociology and LGBT human rights; she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, has held a Bennett Fellow at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, and contributed to reports on LGBT youth for the National Institutes of Health. Her teaching experience includes courses ranging from general surveys of sociology and law to specialized courses on sexual diversity, transgender studies and Islamic law and human rights at a number of universities in the United States and South Africa. During the 2011-2012 academic year, she will teach a lecture course in Sociology on “Sex, Gender, Sexuality” and a Freshman Seminar entitled “From Mars and Venus: Cultural Ideas of Male/Female Difference.”