Dr Clare Hemmings

Gender Institute Director

I have been teaching at LSE in the Gender Institute for 10 years, after working at Goldsmiths College and London Metropolitan Universities shortly after completing my graduate studies. The Gender Institute has changed enormously in that time. We've gone from 25 to 85 master's students a year, and from four to nine permanent faculty and staff at the Institute. The growth reflects the Institute's commitment to transnational gender scholarship that is theoretically informed and policy attuned. I feel like I've grown along with the Institute in those ten years, shifting my own research focus from sexuality and gender in Anglo-American and French theories to a more global set of concerns, and learning to leave my comfort zones of literary criticism and narrative analysis for a fuller range of interdisciplinary approaches to research and pedagogy. My teaching focuses on transnational gender theories, interdisciplinary epistemology and methodology, and globalisation and sexuality at master's level, and I'm also currently PhD programme director (with a cohort of 15 innovative new scholars from a range of disciplinary backgrounds). I love teaching, and have spent a lot of time thinking about how students learn best: participation; group project work; space and time to think. In 2007 I won a National Teaching Fellowship for my work in international pedagogy, and an LSE Teaching Excellence Prize. Students come to the Gender Institute from all disciplines, many with no prior background in the field. The students also come from all over the world, and have often worked before arriving at LSE. Similarly, when they leave LSE, our students move into a diverse range of employment areas, but particularly equal opportunities, media research and production, non-governmental agency research and practice (often internationally), further academic or policy research, teaching or creative arts. We're delighted that so many ex-students stay in touch and form part of our vibrant alumni network.

 

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Clare Hemmings
Gender Institute