Pam Butler

Associate Director of Gender Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Faculty Fellow, Center for Social Concerns

Department: Gender Studies

Area of Specialization:

U.S. histories of gender, sexuality, and empire; feminist, queer, and trans theories of race; critical prison studies; reproductive politics

Pam 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. Their areas of expertise include: U.S. histories of gender, sexuality, and empire; feminist, queer, and trans theories of race and racialization; reproductive politics; and critical prison studies. Dr. Butler teaches classes both at Notre Dame and at the Westville Correctional Center.

Dr. Butler's current book project, The Secret History of American Knitting: Entanglements of Race, Sex, and Empire, is a genealogical history of hand-knitting in the United States since the mid-19th century. Their work has been published in journals and edited collections including Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism and Queer Twin Cities.

In addition to this research, Dr. Butler is a master knitter and designer whose creative work since 2008 has worked to transform the hand-knitting industry’s approach to gender and embodiment. Their designs have been featured in major international publications including Knitting MagazineVogue Knitting, and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac: The Commemorative Edition.

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Gender Studies Courses:

  • Feminist and Queer Prison Studies
  • Foundations in Gender Studies graduate seminar
  • Gender and U.S. Empire
  • Histories and Politics of Marriage in the U.S.
  • Introduction to Trans Studies
  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • New Readings in Transgender Studies
  • Prisons and Policing in the United States
  • Rethinking Race, Gender, and Justice
  • Politics of Reproduction
  • Transnational / Transgender

Phone: (574) 631-8635
Office: 215 O'Shaughnessy Hall