Gender Studies Program
325 O'Shaughnessy Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA
Phone (574) 631-4266
Fax (574) 631-2107
Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Karen Graubart is an Associate Professor of History. Her first book, With Our Labor and Sweat: Indigenous Women and the Formation of Colonial Society in Peru, 1550-1700 (Stanford, 2007) examined the ways that indigenous women participated in, created, and adapted to the society produced by Spanish conquest in two cities in Peru. It was awarded the Ligia Parra Jahn Prize for best work on gender by the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies. Her new project takes her back to Lima, and also across the Atlantic to Seville: it investigates the ways that subordinate peoples—Jews, Muslims, and sub-Saharan Africans in Seville, and indigenous and African descent peoples in Lima—used and undermined notions of "difference" intended to classify and contain them. She has recently published articles on Afro-Peruvian women who owned their own slaves in Lima ("Los lazos que unen: dueñas negras de esclavos negros en Lima, ss. XVI-XVII," Revista Nueva Corónica 2, 2013); and on the ways that Afro-Peruvians argued about their own identities ("’So color de una cofradía’: Catholic Confraternities and the Development of Afro-Peruvian Ethnicities in Early Colonial Peru,” Slavery and Abolition 33:1, March 2012).
Lindsey Breitwieser recently 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.