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Kristin Doughty appointed director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute

September 17, 2018
Kristin Doughty

Kristin Doughty, director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Kristin Doughty, associate professor of anthropology, has been named director of the Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She began her new role on July 1, succeeding Nora Rubel, who led the institute for four years.

“I got involved with the Susan B. Anthony Institute as soon as I arrived on campus six years ago,” says Doughty, who has served for the past three years on the institute’s steering committee. “I’m excited to now work more directly with the faculty, students, and staff in carrying out our mission and expanding the intellectual community.”

The institute sponsors faculty research seminars, conferences, mentorship seminars, and annual public lecture series, along with offering undergraduate majors, minors, and clusters in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies in both the humanities and the social sciences.

Doughty sees opportunities to build on the institute’s past accomplishments and to expand the university’s research and teaching footprint related to issues of gender and sexuality, power, and equity. “The AS&E administration has publicly indicated their eagerness to build on the legacies of Susan B. Anthony, as well as Frederick Douglass, and I look forward to working with them in these endeavors,” she says.

Doughty came to Rochester in 2012 as an assistant professor of anthropology. Her first book, Remediation in Rwanda: Grassroots Legal Forums (University of Pennsylvania Press, Ethnography of Political Violence Series, 2016) examines the intersection of law, rights, and collective belonging in post-genocide Rwanda. Her current research project explores the intersection of energy politics and post-genocide reconstruction in Rwanda through a focus on methane extraction in Lake Kivu. She has also begun examining the cultural politics of prison towns in upstate New York—a project that is supported by a University Research Award and part of the Rochester Decarceration Research Initiative.

Doughty earned her PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

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