Wanda S. Pillow, 2023–24 | National Humanities Center

Wanda S. Pillow (NHC Fellow, 2023–24)

Project Title

Troubling Intimacies: Sacajawea and York as National Subjects

William C. and Ida Friday Fellowship, 2023–24

Professor, Gender Studies, The University of Utah

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Wanda S. Pillow is professor of gender studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation at the University of Utah and coeditor of the journal Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. An interdisciplinary feminist scholar with training in the humanities and social sciences, Pillow publishes theoretical and methodological essays that provide critical interventions in cultural studies, policy studies, and qualitative studies; conducts socio-historical analyses of race/gender/sexuality and American identity; and has written on the history of Title IX and pregnant students, including the book Unfit Subjects: Educational Policy and the Teen Mother. Pillow’s current research examines how narratives about Sacajawea and York, captive and enslaved participants of the 1804 Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery expedition, inform understandings of colonialism, race, and gender in America.

Selected Publications

Unfit Subjects

  • Pillow, Wanda S. “Erotic Power Futures/Relations that matter.” Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 9, no.2 (2020): 40–52.
  • Pillow, Wanda S. “Epistemic witnessing: theoretical responsibilities, decolonial attitude and lenticular futures.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies 32, no. 2 (2019): 118–35.
  • Pillow, Wanda S. “Sex and Race in the Corps Expedition.” In Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America, edited by Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, and Jennifer L. Morgan, 203–26. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017.
  • Pillow, Wanda S. Unfit Subjects: Educational Policy and the Teen Mother. New York: Routledge Press, 2004.
  • Pillow, Wanda S. “Confession, Catharsis, or Cure: The Use of Reflexivity as Methodological Power in Qualitative Research.” International Journal of Qualitative Studies 16, no. 2 (2003): 175–96.
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