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Jacobs, Janet L Professor

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Research

research overview

  • Dr. Jacobs's work is focused on gender and collective memory, particularly with respect to mass trauma and genocide. She looks at the cross generational transmission of trauma through an analysis of memorial culture and second and third generation Holocaust survivors. Her work also extends to more recent genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. A second area of research is focused on Jewish identity among millennials in the United States.

keywords

  • the social psychology of gender, collective memory, genocide and trauma

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • SOCY 4000 - Gender, Genocide and Mass Trauma
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Studies the persistence of genocide and the effects of mass trauma on women and girls. Within the framework of political and social catastrophe, examines cataclysmic world events and the traumatic consequences for women of religious persecution, colonialism, slavery and the genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. Recommended prerequisite: SOCY 1016 or WGST 1016 or WGST 2000 or SOCY 3314 or WGST 3314. Same as WGST 4010.
  • SOCY 6016 - Topics in Sex and Gender
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Covers diverse specializations of faculty in the area of sex and gender. See current departmental announcements or online Schedule Planner for specific content. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours for different topics.
  • WGST 2000 - Introduction to Feminist Studies
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces students to the field of Women and Gender Studies. Examines gender issues in the United States from interdisciplinary, multicultural and feminist perspectives. Covers such topics as sexuality, beauty ideals, women's health, violence against women, work, the economy, peace and war and the environment.
  • WGST 4010 - Gender, Genocide and Mass Trauma
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Studies the persistence of genocide and the effects of mass trauma on women and girls. Within the framework of political and social catastrophe, examines cataclysmic world events and the traumatic consequences for women of religious persecution, colonialism, slavery and the genocides of the 20th and 21st centuries. Recommended prerequisite: SOCY 1016 or WGST 1016 or WGST 2000 or SOCY 3314 or WGST 3314. Same as SOCY 4000.
  • WGST 6290 - Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Offers interdisciplinary feminist perspectives on different special topics such as gender and war, gender and globalization, women's social movements, gender and citizenship, gender and collective memory, and cultural representations of gender and sexuality. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Meets the requirements for the WGST certificate.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)