Dietrich School Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellow: Rostom Mesli | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Dietrich School Humanities Center Postdoctoral Fellow: Rostom Mesli

Rostom Mesli: A&S Post-doc Fellow

Email: mesli@pitt.edu


Education:
PhD, Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, with Certificate in Women’s Studies
MA (Master II Recherche), Classics, Université de Caen-Basse Normandie
BA (Licence), Lettres Classiques, Paris X-Nanterre

Recent Courses:
GSWS 0100: Intro to GSWS
GSWS 1160: Sexual Revolutions

 

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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