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Traci B. Abbott

Lecturer, English and Media Studies
Coordinator, Gender Studies Program
Ph.D., Univ of Maryland-College Park, 2004
MA, New York University, 1996
BA, Smith College, 1991
Office: Adamian Academic Center 097 | 781.891._2643 | tabbott@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

Traci Abbott's research has focused on cultural representations of gender and sexuality in different periods of American history, from Emily Dickinson to 21st century novels and films. Her current project examines representations of transgender issues and experiences in popular visual culture.

Teaching Interests

Gender Studies Queer Studies Women's Literature Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Literature Expository Writing

Research Interests

Gender Studies Queer Studies Women's Literature Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Literature Transgender Literature

Awards and Honors

2012, Curricular Service-Learning Faculty Award, Bentley Service-Learning Center
2005, Rainbow Award, LGBTQ@Bentley

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Abbott, T. (2013). Transamerica: The Romance Dilemma. The Journal of American Culture, 36 (1), 32-41.

Abbott, T. (2009). Teaching Transgender Literature at a Business College. Race, Gender, and Class, 16 (1-2), 152-169.

Abbott, T. (2008). Every Woman's Share: Female Sexuality in Fannie Hurst's Imitation of Life. Women's Studies, 37 (6), 634-660.

Abbott, T. (2008). 'A Good Girl Like Nancy': Willa Cather's Sapphira and the Slave Girl. The Southern Quarterly, 46 (1), 26-45.

Book Chapters
Abbott, T. Gender Outlaws or Homophobic Victims? Reexamining Brandon’s Girlfriends. In Rebekah Edwards, Kirsten Saxton, and Ajuan Mance (Eds.), The Trans Literary Reader

Conference Presentations

Abbott, T. (2016). "Trans Baby Boom: Documenting the Pregnant Man." Presented at the International Communication Association's Annual Conference, Fukuoka, Japan .

Abbott, T. (2016). "Do Transgender Actors resolve ‘Transface’ Tensions?”" Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 's Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Seattle, WA.

Abbott, T. (2015). "The Hunting Ground Post-Screening Panel." Presented at the Office of Gender Equity and Development's The Hunting Ground , Executive Dining Room, LaCava, Bentley University.

Abbott, T. (2015). "Engaging with Diversity in the Classroom." Presented at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's New Faculty Orientation, Waltham, MA.

Abbott, T. (2014). "Beyond Beatie: Documenting the Pregnant Man." Presented at the Valente Center for Arts & Sciences's Working Seminar, Waltham, MA.

Abbott, T. (2014). "Is Mister Cee Gay? Transpersons, Sexual Identity, and the Primacy of the Phallus." Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Dayal, S., Abbott, T., Korepanova, E., Sorensen, K. I., Aslinger, B. S. (2013). "Gender, Queerness & Nation." Presented at the Gender Studies Program and LGBTQ@Bentley's Faculty Roundtable, Bentley University.

Abbott, T. (2013). "Transgender Protagonists in YA Fiction." Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. .

Abbott, T. (2012). "Beyond Beatie: Documenting the Pregnant Man." Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Abbott, T. (2011). "Teaching Gender Studies Within Freshman Composition." Presented at the National Women’s Studies Association 's National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Abbott, T. (2011). "Cisgender Privilege: Strategies for the Gender Studies Classroom." Presented at the New England Women’s Studies Association 's New England Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference, Dartmouth, MA.

Abbott, T. (2010). "Queerly High: Drug Use as Gender Rebellion in Godspeed and Rose of No Man’s Land." Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 's Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Abbott, T. (2007). "Transamerica: The Romance Dilemma." Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 's Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Service

Department Service
Committee Member for Public Relations Committee, 2013 - Present
Committee Member for Strategic Planning Committee, 2012 - 2013

University Service
Committee Member for International Film Series, 2012 - Present
Committee Member for Diversity Council, 2011 - Present
Committee Member for Center for Women and Business Advisory Council, 2010 - Present
Committee Member for Title IX/Gender Equity Committee, 2010 - Present
Committee Member for LGBTQ@Bentley, 2009 - Present
Guest Speaker for International Film Series - 2015
Conference/Workshop Organizer for LGBTQ@Bentley Ally 1 trainings - 2015
Student Organization Advisor for Bentley Women's Center, 2009 - 2015
Conference/Workshop Organizer for First Week Committee - 2015
Guest Speaker for ALANA Experience - 2015
Program Organizer for Screening of TransJourney - 2015
Conference/Workshop Organizer for Campus Dialog on Race & Inequality , 2015 - 2015
Faculty Coordinator for LGBTQ@Bentley, 2011 - 2014
Guest Speaker for Center for International Students and Scholars - 2013
Conference/Workshop Organizer for Residence Life Office - 2013
Guest Speaker for Valente Center for Arts and Sciences - 2012
Conference/Workshop Organizer for First Week Committee - 2012
Conference/Workshop Organizer for Residence Life Office - 2012
Guest Speaker for Center for Internatinal Students and Scholars - 2012

Professional Service
Editorial Review Board Member for Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, 2014 - Present
Committee Member for New England Women's Studies Association, 2013 - Present
Reviewer, Journal Article for Communication, Culture, and Critique, 2015 - 2015
Reviewer, Journal Article for The Journal of American Culture, 2015 - 2015