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Rachel A. Lewis

Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Sexualities



Office: Beach 423


Rachel Lewis is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Transnational Sexualities at the University of Connecticut. She received an MA and PhD from Cornell University, and a BA from the University of York (U.K.). Before joining the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Connecticut, she taught feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Oklahoma State University and Wells College. Her research and teaching interests include transnational feminism and queer studies, human rights, sexuality and immigration, cultural studies, and women and music. She has published articles in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, Social Justice, Women & Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, and Music & Letters. Her article, “Towards a Transnational Lesbian Cinema”, is forthcoming in a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on global lesbian cinema. She is currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled Bordering on Desire: the Cultural Politics of Lesbian Asylum. This projectexplores how lesbian asylum-seekers are turning towards new media and cultural production in the form of independent filmmaking, theatre and performance art, and online activism as a means of resisting deportation. By showing the complex and often contradictory ways in which media and cultural production can influence social policy, Bordering on Desire argues that it is possible for transnational feminist and queer scholarship on human rights to intervene in the process through which LGBT asylum claims are evaluated.