Sue Houchins

  • 207-786-6436
  • shouchin@bates.edu
  • African American Studies
  • Associate Professor
  • Pettengill Hall, Room 219
  • American Cultural Studies

Professor Houchins holds an appointment in the African American Studies Program and teaches courses cross-listed in Women and Gender Studies.  For example, among the classes she offers are the following: African American Women and Feminist ThoughtBlack Feminist Literary TheoryPolitics of Pleasure and Desire: Black Feminist Independent Film.  The topics of her research are at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality and explore women of the Black Atlantic/Black Diaspora.  Presently she is completing a book-length study of the representations of Black lesbians in texts drawn from the women’s literatures of Africa and the Americas; an edition of scholarly essays on W. E. B. Du Bois for Annals of Scholarship with her colleague, Charles Nero; and with her colleague Baltasar Fra-Molinero, an annotated translation with a critical and historical introduction of the eighteenth-century Spanish hagiography of Sor Teresa Chicaba, an African Dominican nun who spent her years after enslavement in a cloistered monastery.