Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, & Feminist Studies at Middlebury College. I completed my Ph.D. in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University.

I am an interdisciplinary scholar of feminist and queer theory and I am interested in those ideas that have become taken-for-granted by self-identified liberals, progressives, and leftists. This approach marks the through line of my research on things as ostensibly disparate as reproductive justice, queer rurality, food justice, intersectionality, and pelvic pain. My book Unbecoming: Visibility Politics and Queer Rurality is forthcoming with the University of Minnesota press. I also directed and produced In Plain Sight, a film meant to put into wider circulation some of the ideas in my book.

I bring this same commitment to “translation” to my teaching. Across my courses, I use project-based learning to help students practice moving course material beyond the classroom in innovative and epistemologically-sound ways. For the last few years, my students’ final course projects have included producing play-able board games. 

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Carly Thomsen