In the Field

Jessie Von Ryker-Crawford (Anthropology, PhD, Committee Member)

Nicole Robert (Feminist Studies PhD, Co-Advisor)
I earned an MA in Museology before joining the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) Department in 2009. My research creates a conversation between museological practices and theories constructed by both women of color feminists and queer theorists. The resulting method, which I call Critical Feminist Museology, crosses the boundaries between theory and practice while proposing an intersectional approach to the public education work of museums. I am co-founder, along with Erin Bailey, of the Queering the Museum project and developed a series of events with the Museum of History and Industry, including a digital storytelling workshop that allowed 10 LGBTQ local individuals to narrate their own representations for display in public spaces. I am a Point Foundation Scholar, a Huckabay Teaching Fellow and a student in the Simpson Center’s Certificate in Public Scholarship. I have worked as an instructor in both the GWSS and English departments and enjoys exploring feminist pedagogies in classrooms and museums.

Shuxuan Zhou (Feminist Studies PhD, Advisor)
I earned a BA in Finance from the Central University of Finance and Economics in China. My undergraduate thesis analyzed microfinance programs for women in China. I am currently conducting fieldwork in Fujian province for a dissertation project on former women workers in China’s urban state-owned enterprises (SOEs). I examine the impacts of their previous collective living and working experiences on their lives during and after SOE privatization in the late 1990s. My interests include: women’s oral histories and narrative, feminist ethnography, visual media in anthropology and feminist activism, gender and labor in global capitalism, and solidarity and community economy. I also make documentary films as part of my own research and am involved in queer activism in China. Starting from my work with the Beijing Queer Film Festival and China Labor Bulletin, I have maintained  collaborative relationships with China’s LGBTQ activist community and labor NGOs, exploring the possibilities of using narratives of minorities on mobile and visual media in feminist activism.