Julie Shayne


Senior Lecturer

Faculty Coordinator: Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Affiliate Associate Professor
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Adjunct Senior Lecturer
Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
Faculty Associate, Center for Human Rights
University of Washington Seattle

B.A. and M.A. Women Studies, San Francisco State University
Ph.D. Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara


In general my classes focus on politics, poverty, and resistance in the Third World, typically through the lenses of gender and feminism.  I passionately believe that as residents of the most powerful country in the world we are in part responsible for global policies implemented in our name and with our money.  It is therefore my goal to enable students to understand the historical and contemporary record regarding transnational policies and empower them to envision and create alternatives at all levels.  

My courses expose students to small and large scale examples of grassroots resistance to political, economic, and social injustice.  In my classes I try and center the voices of marginalized communities. I want students of color to see themselves represented in the assigned texts and in the histories studied in class. I want women and LGBTQ folks to feel connected to not alienated by the course content. And I want students to leave my classes inspired to keep asking whose voices are we not hearing and why? Ultimately I hope that students are empowered to translate personal political frustration into mobilization for social justice.

I see myself as an ally to marginalized students: I am “an unafraid educator with and for undocumented students and families.”

Recent blog posts by Julie Shayne on teaching and social justice are linked below:

Recognizing Emotional Labor In Academe
Off Track, On Point
Feminist Mentoring and Underserved Rock Stars
Losing the Tenure Track, Finding Activist Scholarship

Recent Courses Taught

BCUSP 104/107  Place and Displacement in the Americas: Human Rights, Culture, and Ethnicity (co-taught with Professor Jennifer Atkinson)
BIS300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Social Movements
BISGST 303 History and Globalization
BISGWS 302 Histories and Movements of Gender and Sexuality
BIS 310 Women, Culture, and Development
BIS 490/BCULST 589: Culture and Resistance in the Americas


My research focuses on gender, culture, resistance, revolution, and feminism in the Americas. I am also interested in the role knowledge production, the university, and academy writ-large play in resistance movements and vice versa. Presently I am working on a book that examines how protest is related to who has access to the academy, what is taught in the university, and how university activism works in solidarity with non-campus activists. Learn more about the book, including how to submit a proposal.

My last book is an edited collection titled Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas (SUNY Press, 2014). Taking Risks is an interdisciplinary edited collection where contributors narrate stories of activism and activist scholarship. The essays are based on our textual analysis of interviews, oral histories, ethnography, video storytelling, and theater. We discuss many activist projects: the underground library movement in Cuba, theater exposing the femicide in Juárez, community radio in Venezuela, video archives in Colombia, exiled feminists in Canada, memory activism in Argentina, sex worker activists in Brazil, rural feminists in Nicaragua, and domestic violence organizations for Latina immigrants in Texas. In addition to sharing the social movements centered in each chapter, as editor, I asked the contributors to speak to two themes: telling stories and taking risks. The contributors - scholars/activists/artists - come from many disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, anthropology, psychology, theater, history, literature, feminist studies, and cultural studies. Additionally, we come from several different nations in the Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, and the US.

In 2009, They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism was published by Lexington Books. They Used to Call Us Witches is a socio-political history which focuses on how leftist Chilean women exiles organized and articulated resistance in the anti-Pinochet solidarity movement of the 1970s and ‘80s with specific attention to culture, emotions, and gender. It also addresses the development of exile feminism in the diaspora in the post-dictatorship period. The book focuses on the case of Chileans in Vancouver, British Columbia. They Used to Call Us Witches was awarded the Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Scholarship Award in 2011.

My first book is entitled The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba (Rutgers University Press, 2004.)  In it I discuss the ways that women participated in revolutionary movements in all three countries. I argue that women used traditional gender norms and all of the attendant assumptions about passivity to maneuver in hostile territory in ways distinct from that of men. As a result women strengthened revolutionary movements in ways that men could not.  However, often their contributions were overlooked or even stifled which led to a frustration that in some cases was translated into feminism in the wake of the revolutionary movements.

Julie Shayne book covers

Selected Publications

Taking Risks: Feminist Activism and Research in the Americas. SUNY Press. Paperback 2015; hardback 2014.

They Used to Call Us Witches: Chilean Exiles, Culture, and Feminism. Lexington Books. 2009.

The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba. Rutgers University Press. 2004.

“On Activist Scholarship and Women, Culture, and Development.” In Feminist Futures: Re-imagining Women, Culture and Development, 2nd edition. Edited by Priya Kurian, Kum-Kum Bhavnani, John Foran, and Debashish Munshi. Zed Books. 2016.

"Women and Transnational Development." Encyclopedia of Gender and Society. Edited by Jodi O'Brien. Sage Publications. 2008.

Office: UW1-142
Phone: 425-352-3182
Email: jshayne@uw.edu
Webpage: www.julieshayne.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mobilizinguniversity/
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246