CGS Academic Year Lecturers

Leila Whitley

Office Location: HSS 2041
Fall Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-5:00pm and by appointment


Fall Quarter 2019
CGS 2A: Intro to CGS – Key Terms & Concepts
CGS 114/ETHN 183: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, & Class

Winter Quarter 2020
CGS 106: Gender & the Law
CGS 121: Selected Topics in CGS – Gender, Race, & Migration

Spring Quarter 2020
CGS 100B: Conceptualizing Gender – Methods & Methodologies
CGS 122: Advanced Topics in CGS – Transnational & Third World Feminisms

Research Interests and Education

Leila Whitley’s research interests include feminist and queer theory, critical race feminisms, and the relationships between borders and bodies. She completed her PhD in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, her MA in Cultural Studies also at Goldsmiths, and her BA at McGill University. From 2016-18 she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Zukunftskolleg of the University of Konstanz, Germany, and before this was based in the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

Karen Shelby


Office Location: HSS 2041
FallOffice Hours: TBD

Fall Quarter 2019
CGS 100A: Conceptualizing Gender – Theoretical Approaches

Spring Quarter 2020
CGS 121: Selected Topics in CGS – Sex Education & Policy

Research Interests and Education 

Dr. Karen L. Shelby has been an Adjunct Professor at USD since Spring 2009, and is the Assistant Director of the Institute for Civil Civic Engagement. She teaches a range of courses including Sex, Power and Politics, Feminist Theory, Comparative Social Movements and Political Theory: Ancient to Modern. Her past research examined Simone de Beauvoir’s engagement with the Algerian War and Beauvoir’s everyday ethics of freedom. Current topics of research build on this notion of an everyday ethics.