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Congratulations to the 2021-22 “Reckonings” Fellows from the WGSS department!

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department would like to congratulate our affiliated faculty and executive committee members for their work as Northeastern Humanities Center 2021-22 “Reckonings” fellows!


The term reckoning suggests an intersectional, multidimensional process of truth-telling and accountability around all forms of systemic oppression, from the intimate and familial, to the social and political, to the planetary and cosmic.

Reckoning calls for accountability through narration of harms, adjudication of rights, and acts of judgment, but it may also imply transformative possibilities of amnesty, forgiveness, reconciliation, and reparation. Reckonings may be literary, juridical, political, ethical, aesthetic, and/or emotional, expressed through imaginative as well as political consciousness. Reckoning-whether paying debts or cogitating-implicates questions of time and place. The year 2020 has been popularly described as a moment of racial reckoning. Other recent reckonings include those around misogyny; climate justice; social welfare and economic inequality; spiritual community, and global interconnection.

Convened by: Ángel David Nieves


Libby Adler

“Governing the Terrain Called Beauty”

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

School of Law

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


N. Fadeke Castor

“When Black Spirits Matter: A Reckoning”

Department of Philosophy & Religion

Africana Studies Program

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Jessica Linker

“The Fruits of Their Labor: The Work of Early American Scientific Women, 1750-1860”

Department of History

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


K.J. Rawson

“Inequitable Representations in the Digital Transgender Archive”

Department of English

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Kara Swanson

“Inventing Citizens: Race, Gender, and Patents” 

Department of History

School of Law

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Suzanna Danuta Walters

“Communist, Feminist, Therapist: a memoir of my mother”

Department of Sociology

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Read more on the “Reckonings” Fellowship here.

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