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 other areas of expertise include: U.S. histories of gender, sexuality, and empire; feminist political economy; reproductive politics; 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 research, Dr. Butler is a master knitter and a designer whose creative work has been, since 2008, at the forefront of transforming the hand-knitting industry’s approach to gender, bodies, and sizing. Her designs have been featured in major international publications including Knitting Magazine, Vogue Knitting, and Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac: The Commemorative Edition. Her most recent collection of designs is Handsome: Man Sweaters for Every Body.
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