Our Presenters 

Over the course of two days, fifteen scholars from seven universities and five countries will present papers, participate in roundtables, and facilitate discussions about the future of affect theory and masculinity studies. Meet them here. 


Jonathan Allan

Jonathan Allan is Canada Research Chair in Queer Theory and Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and English and Creative Writing at Brandon University. His first book, Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus is a study of anality in literary and cultural theory. His research interests include masculinity, men's sexuality and reproductive health, psychoanalysis, queer theory, experimental criticism, and literary theory and criticism. 

Julie Beaulieu

Julie Beaulieu is a Lecturer for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research and teaching interests include the history of sexuality, global LGBTQ studies, transgender studies, eighteenth century British literature, queer theory, feminist theory, and affect theory. She is currently working on her first book manuscript, entitled Obsessive Love: A Queer History

Sam de boise

Sam de Boise is a postdoctoral researcher in musicology at Örebro University. He primarily writes and researches on gender, feminist theory, music and social inequalities but also has an active interest in looking at capitalist social relations, social change, and music. His current project is looking to explore gender and participation in different types of musical activity in the UK and Sweden. His book is titled Men, Masculinity, Music and Emotions.

Julian Gill-Peterson

Julian Gill-Peterson is Assistant Professor of English and Children’s Literature at the University of Pittsburgh. His current book project, Genealogies of the Transgender Child: Sex, Race, and Organic Form, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. He has published numerous articles and essays on race, transgender medical science, and queer childhood, including in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theoryWomen’s Studies QuarterlyTransgender Studies Quarterly, and GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. He is also co-editor of “The Child Now,” a special issue of GLQ.

Lucas Gottzén

Lucas Gottzén is an Associate Professor at the Department of Child and Youth Studies at Stockholm University. Drawing mainly on poststructuralist theories and employing ethnographic field methodologies, I have explored gendered and generational aspects of parenting and family life; and affect, embodied action and identity making of children, youth, and violent men. He is currently conducting three major projects: one on children's experiences of grandparents' responses to domestic violence (together with Linn Sandberg, Stockholm University); one evaluation of a gender-based violence prevention program targeting youth (together with Maria Eriksson, Mälardalen University, Kjerstin Andersson, Örebro University and Anna Gradin Franzén, Stockholms University, among others); and one on young men’s subjective experiences of their violence, and the responses from friends and parents. 

Chris haywood

Chris Haywood is currently Director of Research for the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University. He has previously been Director of Teaching and Learning and Director of Postgraduate Studies. His main research interests focus on exploring the limits of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to explain and understand men and masculinities. He is currently working on examining how men negotiate different dating practices in the areas of speed dating, online dating, holiday romance, anonymous sex and mobile romance. Alongside this, he is also developing research in the field of men, risk and sexual health. His interests also include cultural analyses of schooling and education. A key part of this work involves exploring the interplay between the institutionally-led discursive formation of identity categories and how those discourses are lived out. One areas of current concern is to think about how schools, gender their pupils through age, racial and sexual categories.

Aaron Johnson

Aaron Johnson is assistant professor of music at the University of Pittsburgh. He is interested in social aspects of how music is produced, organized, and presented. In particular, African American music forms frame social interactions in ways that are both consistent and at odds with societal norms. Whenever possible, his research examines relationships of power and the efforts of musicians and music workers to counter more powerful forces. This includes considerations of how musicians attempt to use media and how they have organized their own production of music to create artistic, cultural, and financial benefits for themselves and their community. His work employs the sociological notion of art worlds to attempt to encompass the broad range of participating actors, and concepts of actor-network theory to decenter the noted musical figures and institutions—most often the focus of musicological study is the musician and the musical object—and identify practices, relationships, and transformations, including patronage, that combine to shape the presentation of jazz on the radio.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies rhetorical theory, argumentation, and American politics, with a particular focus on rhetorics of populism and conservative identity. Utilizing lenses drawn from psychoanalysis, post-structural democratic theory, and gender studies, he is working on a manuscript entitled I, The People: The History of American Conservative Populism which examines the last half-century populist turn of American conservatism and its consequences. He has several publications forthcoming, including an essay appearing in Critical Studies in Media Communication which figures the critical and public adoration of the television show Breaking Bad as a mode of white supremacist compensation for two then-contemporary threats to white masculinity: the 2008 financial crisis and the election of Barack Obama president. Another forthcoming publication in Argumentation and Advocacy uses the work of Giorgio Agamben to examine how the controversy over trying 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed as a criminal suggests the ways in which popular sovereignty poses philosophical difficulties for advocates of the war terror, arguing for the inclusion of public controversies as trials into the category of the "popular trial."

Scott Kiesling

Scott Kiesling is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh research in sociolinguistics focuses on the areas of language and gender, style shifting and stance, ethnicity, language change, and social meaning in language. He is currently working on theorizing stancetaking in interaction, and connecting stancetaking to social identities such as gender and socioeconomic class.

Natalie Kouri-Towe

Natalie Kouri-Towe is a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Thorneloe University at Laurentian in Sudbury, Ontario. She completed her PhD in 2015 in the Department of Social Justice Education and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Her book, Solidarity at Risk (in progress), examines social movement practices, solidarity activism, queer politics, and the role of attachment in social and political transformation. Her work on affect, solidarity and social movements has been published with Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice, and in popular publications such as NoMorePotlucksUpping the AntiopenDemocracy. She is the contributor for the keyword 'queer' in Keywords for Radicals (AK Press, 2016).

Brent Malin

Brent Malin is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. He studies media history, theory, and criticism with concentrations in cultural studies, critical theory, intellectual history, technology studies, and the rhetoric of inquiry. His research covers a range of contemporary and historical topics in order to understand the myriad ways in which people’s identities are constituted by and through the media. Malin’s first book, American Masculinity under Clinton: Popular Media and the Nineties Crisis of Masculinity, explores conceptions of masculinity offered by a wide range of sources from the 1990s and early 21st century. His second book, Feeling Mediated: A History of Media Technology and Emotion in America, investigates how changes in communication technology change how people think about emotion.

Brent is a co-organizer of the colloquium with Todd Reeser.

Todd Reeser

Todd Reeser is Professor of French and Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS) Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In this capacity, he fosters interdisciplinary research, coordinates the GSWS curriculum, and advises graduate students working in gender studies. He has published widely on gender and sexuality in literature, theory, and culture, both in an early modern and a (post-)modern context. He has written two monographs on masculinity: Moderating Masculinity in Early Modern Culture, and Masculinities in Theory. His lengthy, comparative book on the anachronistic reception of "Platonic love," Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance, came out at the University of Chicago Press in 2016. 

Todd is a co-organizer of the colloquium with Brent Malin.

William scott

William Scott’s research and teaching focus on poetics and linguistics; contemporary African American poetry; African American Literature; gender and sexuality; and opera. He received his MA in German and his PhD in comparative literature from Johns Hopkins University. His first book, Troublemakers: Power, Representation, and the Fiction of the Mass Worker, was published by Rutgers University Press in 2012. He is currently working on a study of various modes of articulation—including the innovative forms of linguistic experimentation that attend these—among the aesthetic projects of a range of contemporary African American poets, entitled “Becoming, for a song”: Language and Difference in the Poetry of Harryette Mullen, Nathaniel Mackey, and Erica Hunt.

Gregory Siegworth

Gregory Siegworth is Professor of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication and Theatre at Millersville University. He has published widely in journals such as Cultural Studies, Architectural Design, Culture Machine, and m/c. Greg has contributed chapters to various books, including Deleuze: Key Concepts, Animations of Deleuze and Guattari, and New Cultural Studies. Greg has co-edited, with Dr. Melissa Gregg (University of Sydney), a collection of essays on affect and cultural theory (2011, Duke University Press).

Gabby Yearwood

Gabby Yearwood is Visiting Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests include the social constructions of race and racism, masculinity, gender and sex, Black Feminist and Black Queer theory, the anthropology of sport and the Black Diaspora. He conducts research in the United States but has also done research in the Caribbean. He has conducted research with high profile college athletes gaining insight into the ways in which young men create and sustain particular forms of masculinity as well as how their experiences are informed at the intersections of race and sport. He is most interested in examining the structures of race and gender as they are informed by institutions of sporting life. Future research projects seek to examine the encounter of race and masculinity through the experiences of migrant Black athletes coming to the United States on athletic scholarships. He is also working with the Pittsburgh Public Schools and community organizations attempting to improve Black male high-school student success in the City of Pittsburgh.