Lecturer in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Rachel Fomalhaut (formerly Kaufman) is a teacher and scholar of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Writing. She earned her Master's degree in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture from Binghamton University, where she focused on feminist and queer studies, and her BA with Honors in Literature from UC Santa Cruz. Rachel is currently editing her dissertation, which focuses on the myriad ways that contemporary multicultural women writers engage with affect to represent culturally specific loss in literature, with a chapter devoted to pedagogy.
Rachel has been teaching traditional, hybrid, and online classes at the undergraduate level since 2008. Rachel's courses span multiple disciplines but tend to constellate around social justice themes, with a particular focus on systemic oppression and privilege. She regularly teaches Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as having taught many sections of Introduction to Feminist Theory, Women and Society, Screening Sexuality, Extraordinary Bodies, and numerous other self-designed courses in the fields of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, English, and Composition. Dedicated to a student-centered pedagogical approach, she has experience teaching in public university, four-year private college, and community college settings. She greatly enjoys advising students.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Ph.D. Candidate, English, General Literature, and Rhetoric, Binghamton University
Graduate Certificate, Feminist Theory, Binghamton University, 2010
M.A., Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture, Binghamton University, 2010
B.A. with Honors, Literature, University of California at Santa Cruz, 2003
"The Time We Keep Together: An Exploration of Felt Time in Contemporary Multicultural Women's Literature." The Oracle of the "tiny finger snap of time": A Study of Novels with a Specific Time Culture. Ed. Pauline Winsome Beard. Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2016.
"Holistic Learning for Real-Life Writers: A Call for Affective Pedagogy in Composition." Real Life Writers: Composition Courses as Pathways for Student Success. Ed.s Lillian Craton and Renee Love. Practice and Pedagogy Series. Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Clearinghouse, 2017.
SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
(Organizer) "Immigrants, Women, & U.S. Labor Unions: Intersectional Labor Histories." A Talk by Ellen David Friedman, Ithaca College, March 2017.
(Organizer and Moderator) "Temporalities and Affect." Moderated at the 113th Annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2015.
"The Time We Keep Together: An Exploration of 'Felt' Time in Contemporary Multicultural Women's Literature." Presented at the 113th Annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, Portland, Oregon, November 2015.
"Common Senses: Circulating Affect in a Selection of Toni Morrison's Novels." Presented at the 111th Annual Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, San Diego, California, November 2013.
"'...the gap never closes': Queer Parataxis in a Selection of Jeanette Winterson's Novels." Presented at the 43rd Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention, Rochester, New York, March 2012.
"Listening to Texts: Critical Thinking and Writing Strategies from an Interdisciplinary Classroom." Presented at the Annual Popular and American Culture Associations Joint National Conference, San Antonio, Texas, April 2011.
"New Visions of Sex: Queer Visual Affect in John Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus." Presented at the 3rd Annual International Queering Paradigms Conference, SUNY College at Oneonta, Oneonta, New York, April 2011.
WGSS 200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
WGSS 281 Introduction to Feminist Theory
WGSS 383 Extraordinary Bodies
WGSS 280 Playing with Gender in Fiction and Film
ENG 300 Screening Sexuality
ENG 300 Sex in Space
ENG 300 Ghosts in Women's Literature