2020 Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award Recipient

Author: Gender Studies Program

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It is my honor to announce that the 2020 Marian Mullin Hancock Award for Teaching Excellence in Gender Studies has been awarded to Dr. Lindsey Breitwieser

According to the selection committee members, they were "impressed with the design and implementation of Lindsey Breitwieser’s courses, noting that Breitwieser’s teaching interests, which lie at the intersection of the scientific pursuit of knowledge and the humanities’ pursuit of a deeper understanding of human nature and experience, have become ever more acutely relevant, even in the short time she has been teaching at Notre Dame. We note her dedication to making her teaching accessible and engaging to all, and her evident desire to expand her contributions to student intellectual life outside the classroom. Her courses are cutting-edge in both subject matter and methodology, and they are already having a profound impact. One student’s letter speaks of Breitwieser's 'passion, dedication, support of students, her involvement outside the classroom, and her desire to improve the campus climate at large'; another credits her with creating a 'sense of community in the classroom unlike that I have ever felt before.' With all this, her syllabi show her courses to be intellectually rigorous and challenging."

Please join me in congratulating Lindsey on this award!  

Special thanks to Susan Harris (chair), Sarah McKibben, and Maria Alexandrova, our 2020 teaching award selection committee.

Best wishes,
Mary Kearney, 
Director, Gender Studies Program


Lindsey Breitwieser earned her PhD in Gender Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is Gender Studies' first postdoctoral fellow. Her areas of specialization include postcolonial feminist science and technology studies; disability studies; history and philosophy of medicine; medical jurisprudence; new materialisms and posthumanisms; and reproductive politics. Lindsey's dissertation, funded by a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, focused on the legalities and bioethics of postmortem pregnancies. In addition to continuing that research during her time at Notre Dame, Lindsey teaches classes for the Gender Studies Program, and assists the Reilly Center with its new Medicine and the Liberal Arts program.