Rostom Mesli: Arts & Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellow (AY 16-18) | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Rostom Mesli: Arts & Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellow (AY 16-18)

Rostom Mesli is a Kenneth Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences postdoctoral fellow. He completed his PhD in 2015 in the Department of Comparative Literature (with a graduate certificate in Women's Studies) at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. Before that, he earned a Master's degree in Classical Civilizations from the University of Caen-Basse-Normandie (France). His dissertation, entitled "In Defense of Identity Politics: A Queer Reclamation of a Radical Concept," examined the productivity of identity politics in 1970s radical feminism, women of color feminism, and sadomasochist liberation movements. His current work explores the ways that gender and sexuality have been articulated as political struggles and connected to other political movements over the course of the 20th century. He recently published "Gayle Rubin's Concept of 'Benign Sexual Variation': A Critical Concept for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality" (South Atlantic Quarterly, October 2015) as well as, with Gayle Rubin, "SM Politics, SM Communities" (Ashgate Research Companion for Gay and Lesbian Activism, 2015). 

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