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Mehta, Samira K. Assistant Professor

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  • Samira K. Mehta's research focuses on the intersections of religion, culture, and gender, including the politics of family life and reproduction in the United States. Her first book, Beyond Chrismukkah: The Christian-Jewish Interfaith Family in America (University of North Carolina Press, 2018) was a National Jewish book award finalist. Mehta’s current project, God Bless the Pill? Sexuality, Contraception, and American Religion examines the role of Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant voices in competing moral logics of contraception, population control, and eugenics from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Research from this project appears in “Family Planning is a Christian Duty: Religion, Population Control, and the Pill in the 1960s” from Devotions and Desires: Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth- Century United States.

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Teaching

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  • JWST 3820 - Topics in Jewish Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Intensive study of a selected area or problem in Jewish Studies. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change.
  • JWST 4200 - Religion and Reproductive Politics in the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Focuses primarily on how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish conversations about sexuality and reproduction have shaped access and attitudes towards reproductive health in the US over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Same as WGST 4200, WGST 5200 and JWST 5200.
  • JWST 5200 - Religion and Reproductive Politics in the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Focuses primarily on how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish conversations about sexuality and reproduction have shaped access and attitudes towards reproductive health in the US over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Same as WGST 4200, JWST 4200, WGST 5200.
  • WGST 2050 - Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Explores diverse cultural forms such as film, popular fiction and non-fiction, music videos, public art, websites, blogs and zines which are shaped by, and in turn shape, popular understandings of gender at the intersections of race, class, ability, religion, nation and imperialism.
  • WGST 3701 - Topics in U.S. Gender and Sexuality Studies (AH)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Examines selected topics in women, gender and sexuality in the arts and humanities, from a U.S. perspective.May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2000 or WGST 2600.
  • WGST 3702 - Topics in U.S. Gender and Sexuality Studies (SS)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines selected topics in women, gender and sexuality in the social sciences, from a U.S. perspective. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prerequisite: WGST 2000 or WGST 2600.
  • WGST 4200 - Religion and Reproductive Politics in the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Focuses primarily on how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish conversations about sexuality and reproduction have shaped access and attitudes towards reproductive health in the US over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Same as JWST 4200, WGST 5200 and JWST 5200.
  • WGST 5200 - Religion and Reproductive Politics in the United States
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Focuses primarily on how Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish conversations about sexuality and reproduction have shaped access and attitudes towards reproductive health in the US over the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Same as WGST 4200, JWST 4200, JWST 5200.

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