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2021 Newcomb Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium

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2021 Newcomb Institute Postdoctoral Fellows Symposium

Newcomb Institute of Tulane University

Via Zoom

February 5, 2021, 11am-5:15pm


To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-newcomb-institute-postdoctoral-fellows-symposium-tickets-136704415587

Zoom link and papers for discussion will be sent to registered attendees on January 27, 2021


This day-long symposium provides an opportunity for postdoctoral fellows affiliated with Newcomb Institute to engage with distinguished scholars in their field around their work. The research conducted by the postdoctoral fellows underscores the importance of intersectionality in shaping discussions of law, governance, civil rights, and everyday movement. 


This year’s symposium consists of three sessions, each of which includes a discussion between one Newcomb postdoctoral fellow, two distinguished scholars, and the audience. The fellows have prepared papers for these sessions, which will be made available to audience members who register in advance. Audience members are welcome to attend one or all of the panels as their schedule permits.


The symposium also includes a Fridays at Newcomb event from 1-2pm featuring a talk by Khiara M. Bridges.




11:00-11:10: Welcome by Professor Sally J. Kenney, Executive Director of Newcomb Institute


11:10-12:40: Annie McGlynn-Wright, Andrea Freeman, and Khiara M. Bridges, a conversation about Dr. McGlynn-Wright’s paper, “Inspecting the Expecting: How Race, Pregnancy, and Poverty Shaped the WIC Program.”


1:00-1:55: Fridays at Newcomb, Khiara M. Bridges keynote talk


2:00-3:30: Tiffany Gonzalez, Maria Cotera, and Max Krochmal, a conversation about Dr. Gonzalez’s paper, “Chicanas and Political Leadership.”


3:45-5:15: Jess Issacharoff, Victoria Law and Michelle Jones, a conversation about Dr. Issacharoff’s paper, “Domestic Terror: Assata Shakur and the Birth of Rikers Women’s Facility.”


Participant Biographies: 


Khiara M. Bridges is a professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She has written many articles concerning race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. She is also the author of three books: Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (2017), and Critical Race Theory: A Primer (2019).


Maria Cotera is an associate professor in the Mexican American and Latino Studies Department at the University of Texas. She is author of Native Speakers: Ella Deloria, Zora Neale Hurston, Jovita González, and the Poetics of Culture, (University of Texas Press, 2008), which received the Gloria Anzaldúa book prize for 2009 from the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). Her edited volume (with Dionne Espinoza and Maylei Blackwell), Chicana Movidas: New Narratives of Feminism and Activism in the Movement Era(University of Texas Press, 2018) has been adopted in courses across the country.


Andrea Freeman is Professor of Law at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She writes and researches at the intersection of critical race theory and food policy, health, and consumer credit. Much of her work explores her pioneering theory of food oppression, which examines how facially neutral food-related law and policy, influenced by corporate interests, disproportionately harm marginalized communities. She is the author of Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice and the recipient of the 2020-21 Fulbright King's College London US Scholar Award.


Tiffany Gonzalez is the Bonquois Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History at the Newcomb Institute. Currently, she is working on her manuscript-in-progress, Representation for a Change: How Chicanas Transformed American Politics in the Twentieth Century, which underscores the Chicana fight for political representation in government and electoral politics. She earned her PhD in History from Texas A&M University.


Jess Issacharoff is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Law and Society at the Newcomb Institute. She received a PhD in Literature with a certificate in Feminist Studies from Duke University.


Michelle Jones is a third-year doctoral student in the American Studies program New York University. She is interested in excavating the collateral consequences of criminal convictions for people and families directly impacted by mass incarceration, in addition to participating in a scholarly project challenging the narratives of the history of women’s prison with a group of incarcerated scholars. She is a founding member and chair of the board of Constructing Our Future, a reentry alternative for women created by incarcerated women in Indiana. 



Sally J. Kenney has served as director of the Newcomb Institute and held the Newcomb endowed chair since 2010. She is a faculty member in the Political Science Department and an affiliated faculty member in the law school. Her research interests include sexual assault on campus, women’s imprisonment, women and leadership, gender and judging, judicial selection, feminist social movements, women and electoral politics, the European Court of Justice, exclusionary employment policies, and pregnancy discrimination. Her latest book is Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.


Max Krochmal is a scholar-activist and writer based in Fort Worth, Texas. He is A.M.  Pate, Jr., Associate Professor of History and was the founding chair of the Department of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University. He is the author of Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2016), winner of the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Tejas Foco Non-Fiction Book Award, and other prizes. He is also co-editor of Civil Rights in Black and Brown: Histories of Resistance and Struggle in Texas (University of Texas Press, forthcoming, November, 2021) and directs the oral history project undergirding the volume. In the community, Krochmal co-chairs the Fort Worth Independent School District Racial Equity Committee and serves on the board of United Fort Worth, a multiracial grassroots community organization. In 2021-22, he will assume the Fulbright-García Robles Chair of U.S. Studies at the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México. A native of Reno, Nevada, he majored in Community Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, before earning graduate degrees in History at Duke University.


Victoria Law is a freelance journalist whose work focuses on the intersections of incarceration, gender and resistance. She is the author of Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Womenco-author of Prison By Any Other Name: The Harmful Consequences of Popular Reformsand co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and CommunitiesHer writings about incarceration have appeared in various on-line and print outlets, including The New York Times, The Nation, Wired, Ms. Magazine, and Truthout. She is a co-founder of Books Through Bars—NYC, an all-volunteer program that sends free books to people imprisoned across the country, and was the long-time editor of the zine Tenacious: Art and Writings by Women in Prison. She lives in New York City with her daughter.


Annie McGlynn-Wright is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Law and Society at the Newcomb Institute. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington. Her fellowship is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.



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