Todd Reeser: Program Director | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

Todd Reeser: Program Director

Professor of French and GSWS
Pronouns: he/him/his
PhD, University of Michigan
MA, University of Michigan
BA, Oberlin College 

Recent Courses:

GSWS1190: Masculinities
GSWS2270: Queer Theories
GSWS2240: Masculinities in Theory and Practice
FR1020: Gender and Sexuality in 21st-Century France

Prof. Todd Reeser has been directing GSWS since 2013. He has published widely on gender and sexuality in literature, theory, film, and culture, both in an early modern and a (post-)modern context. He has written two monographs on masculinity: the first on constructs of masculinity as moderate in the European Renaissance (Moderating Masculinity in Early Modern Culture (UNC, 2006)) and the second on theoretical approaches to the interdisciplinary and bourgeoning field of masculinity studies (Masculinities in Theory (Blackwell, 2010)). His lengthy, comparative book on the anachronistic reception of "Platonic love," Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance, came out at the University of Chicago Press in 2016 and won the Phyllis Gordan Prize from the Renaissance Society of America for best book of the year in Renaissance studies. He edited and contributed to a volume of essays on the topic “Transgender France,” and is at work on a new monograph on trans* representation and universalism in French culture from the 50s to today. His study of the first French trans film from 1954 was recently published in French Review. His translation/edition of Symphorien Champier’s The Ship of Virtuous Ladies (1503), one of the earliest pro-woman/feminist texts in French, came out in "The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe" series in 2018. He is working on a series of articles on affect and masculinities (the first on awkwardness and neoliberalism), is co-editing a special double issue of NORMA: The International Journal for Masculinity Studies on affect and masculinities, and is writing a book on queer French film in the 21st century. 

With his work lying at the intersection of French and gender/sexuality studies, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on gender/sexuality in his home department (French and Italian) and in the GSWS Program. He believes that gender studies and French studies have much to say to each other.

As program director, he takes great pleasure in advising a variety of graduate students in their gendered endeavors, in working with numerous faculty from across departments, schools, and disciplines, and in organizing numerous interdisciplinary research events covering a full range of genders and sexualities (reading groups, colloquia, lectures, conferences, community events, etc.).

He feels strongly that an interdisciplinary and cutting-edge gender/sexuality studies program is integral to the health of any university.   

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