Feminist Knowledge Production

Various members of our department write and teach about feminist epistemology and research methods. They use and teach innovative research practices that include the following: intersectionality; integrative and comparative approaches; oral life history; discourse analysis; feminist ethnography; interdisciplinarity as a practical research process; feminist quantitative and qualitative methods; memory as a foundation for history; and narrativity and history. Students in both MA and PhD programs are exposed to the many fascinating philosophical, ethical, and practical issues involved in knowledge production. Questions about what makes a “fact,” critical readings of positivism, and the history of Western modes of reason and knowledge production are also examined in some of the department courses that relate to science.