Heather M. Turcotte
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz
Heather M. Turcotte holds a joint appointment with the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and is affiliated with the American Studies Program, the Human Rights Institute, the Institute for African American Studies, and the International Studies Program. She teaches in the fields of Africana and feminist studies, global politics and critical theory. Dr. Turcotte’s current book-length project Petro-Sexual Politics examines how the U.S. is made into a geographical site of justice through the mystification of its own role in the production of global violence. By linking two forms of U.S. legal expansions—political asylum to include domestic violence and the use of Alien Tort Statute to file suit against multinational oil corporations in U.S. courts—Petro-Sexual Politics offers a reading of gender and petroleum violence that details how U.S. legal expansions actually restrict possibilities for substantive forms of justice. Dr. Turcotte’s research constructs a framework of geopolitics that is attentive to how legal, economic and cultural texts shape social consciousness and political context. By reading against the grain of naturalized knowledge, her work offers a decolonial reading of U.S. imperialism and considers a plurality of transnational justice frameworks. Dr. Turcotte is also the chair of the New England Women’s Studies Association and co-chair of the Anti-White Supremacy Taskforce within the National Women’s Studies Association. For further information see: http://uconn.academia.edu/HeatherMTurcotte
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(2011) “Politicizing Emotions: Historicizing Affective Exchange and Feminist Gatherings.” Co-authored with Shirin Saeidi. International Studies Review 13 (4): 7-9.
(2002) “Slippery Security: National, International and Global Security Issues within Petroleum Production.” Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations 1 (4): 109-153. Online availability at: http://www.alternativesjournal.net/volume1/number4.htm
(2009) “Postcolonial Theories and Challenges to ‘First World-ism’.” Co-authored with Anna M. Agathangelou. Gender Matters in Global Politics: AFeminist Introduction to International Relations. Ed. Laura Shepherd. New York: Routledge. 44-58.
(2005) “Duct Tape or Plastic?: The Political Economy of Threats and the Production of Fear.” Co-authored with Ronnie Lipschutz. Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. Eds. Betsy Hartmann, Banu Subramaniam and Charles Zerner. Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield, 25-46.
(2008) “Book Review: Feminist Methodologies for International Relations.” Co-authored with Anna M. Agathangelou. Politics and Gender 4 (1): 184-187.