Pamela Wynne Butler is Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Gender Studies Program. Dr. Butler’s research uses critical-race and transnational feminist critique to understand popular and public cultures in the United States. Her areas of expertise include post/feminist pop culture; U.S. histories of gender, sexuality, and empire; feminist political economy; and the carceral state. Her current book project, The Secret History of American Knitting: Entanglements of Race, Sex, and Empire, is a genealogical political history of hand-knitting in the United States since the mid-19th century, focused on the ways in which domestic handcrafts have produced diverse racial and sexual subjectivities through such sites as the home, the prison, the museum, and the global economy. Her work has been published in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and in the collection Queer Twin Cities. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Butler is a master knitter, a member of the National Needle Arts Association, and an internationally renowned designer of hand-knitting patterns.
Select Courses: Introduction to Gender Studies, Prisons and Policing in the U.S., Gender and American Empire, Dearly Beloved: Histories and Politics of Marriage, American ‘Chicks’: Postfeminist Politics