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Joan Sitomer


714D Pray Harrold




PhD, Political Science, University of Michigan, 2007
Graduate Certificate, Women's Studies, University of Michigan, 2006
JD, University of Michigan, 1998

Interests and Expertise

Joan Sitomer has been teaching at EMU since Winter 2009.  Her research and teaching interests include feminist political and legal theory, critical race theory, violence against women, women and politics, women and the law, and how the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, and other aspects of identity affect access to justice.  She is currently working on a role-playing game for the Reacting to the Past pedagogy that deals with the development of the women's movement from the Seneca Falls convention through the Fifteenth Amendment.

Publications and Presentations

“Shifting Alliances:  The Development of the Women's Movement from Seneca Falls to the Fifteenth Amemendment – ”Reacting to the Past Game Development Conference (July 2012)

“No Help Wanted:  Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s ‘Different Voice’” – Western Political Science Association, 2009 Annual Meeting (March 2009)

“Is a Slave ‘Any Woman’?  Slavery, Sex, and Claims of Citizenship in State of Missouri v. Celia, a Slave” – Midwest Political Science Association, 2007 Annual Meeting (April 2007)

“Race, Sex, and Citizenship:  State Narratives of African-American Women in State of Missouri v. Celia, a Slave and the Hill-Thomas Hearings” – American Political Science Association, 2005 Annual Meeting, Women’s Caucus for Political Science Pre-Conference (August 2005)

“Gender, Race, and the Use of Narrative to Analyze the Law as an Instrument of State Power” – University of Toledo, Program in Law and Social Thought, Outside Law Symposium (April 2001)

“Female Trouble:  Mapping the Gender Discrimination Jurisprudence of Sandra Day O’Connor” – Law & Society Association, 1994 Annual Meeting (June 1994)

“The Myth of the Sexually Voracious Black Woman:  Comparative Narratives of African-American Women’s Sexuality in State of Missouri v. Celia, a Slave and the Hill-Thomas Hearings” – Law & Society Association, 1993 Annual Meeting  (May 1993)

Courses Taught

  • WGST 200: Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WGST 226: Feminist Political Theory
  • African American Feminist Theory
  • Women and the Law
  • Women and the Politics of Free Speech
  • Women, Law, and Inequality
  • Women and War

The Women's and Gender Studies Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344