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Sarah Chase Crosby, a student in the MA English Literature program with a Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) minor, will graduate in May of 2016. Along with her studies, she is currently enjoying her opportunity to combine her passions for social justice and teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for WGS 160: Gender Justice.
Sarah’s interest in teaching with a gender emphasis and using popular culture, graphic novels, and film within the classroom has also led her to focus on gender and film for her thesis. This work, “Letting Gendered Spaces Go: Trending Toward Gender and Nature Balance through Bonding in Disney’s Frozen & Maleficent,” focuses on problematically gendered, dualistic spaces within these two films—emphasizing ecofeminist and third wave feminist elements that arise through increased female empowerment and bonding.
She has presented on related works at conferences, including a paper entitled “Weaving Queenly Duties and Womanhood: Resistance and Bonding in Brave” at the University of South Dakota’s Biennial Women and Gender Conference and “Frozen’s Adaptation of Gendered Spaces: True Love’s Empowering Trend” for the Midwest Popular Culture Association.
Additionally, Sarah serves as a Graduate Student Representative for the WGS steering committee and will participate in a WGS brownbag presentation based on her thesis findings. Sarah also stays connected to the campus community by volunteering at various events and writing blog entries for the Margaret Sloss Women’s Center.