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HPU Welcomes New Director of Women’s and Gender Studies

Posted on October 3, 2012.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 2, 2012 – Dr. Jennifer Brandt has been hired as the director of women’s and gender studies, as well as an assistant professor of English at High Point University.

In her new role, she will be responsible for selecting the curriculum and directing the new program. She looks forward to mentoring students whose research interests explore the intersections of gender with public policy, culture and social justice.

“I am honored and thrilled to be the director of HPU’s brand new minor in women’s and gender studies,” says Brandt. “Women’s and gender studies is a vital and growing academic field, and its inclusion in the HPU curriculum is another testament to the diversity and excellence of academics at High Point University.”

One of Brandt’s main research interests is feminism’s relationship to popular culture and the media’s promotion of post-feminism. This fall, she will be presenting at the National Women’s Studies Association’s annual conference on the effectiveness of social media as a pedagogical tool in the women’s and gender studies classroom.

Brandt earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Drew University. She received her Master of Art in popular culture from Bowling Green State University, as well as her doctorate in English and graduate certificate in gender and women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island.

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