Dr. Danielle Bouchard
Dr. Danielle Bouchard, UNCG’s first full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, has shaped our program in profound ways. As one of a growing number of scholars with doctoral degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies, Danielle is in an ideal position to foster student research, enrich our curriculum, and make important national and international contributions to women’s and gender studies scholarship.
Danielle’s teaching accomplishments were recently rewarded with the prestigious UNCG College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence award for the 2011-2012 academic year. A new course she will offer in spring, Critical Sexuality Studies and Queer Theory, deepens our program’s offerings for both undergraduate and graduate students. Her office practically has a revolving door as students go in and out seeking advice and support on academic projects and informal advising, including sometimes continuing to work with her on their research even after their graduation. Danielle says, “Working with students is absolutely the best part of the job. It gives me the opportunity to meet some pretty amazing people, and I learn so much from them.”
Her current and former students are eager to sing her praises. According to one undergraduate participant in her Sexuality and Culture class, “I improved my critical thinking skills, as well as my ability to relate and understand theory. I loved the course. So glad I took it before I graduated!” Kimber Heinz, a 2009 graduate of the WGS MA Program explains, “Dr. Bouchard is a very caring and generous professor, who truly looks out for the best interest of her students. Her Feminist Theory class was very challenging and the readings approached topics like “feminism” from a number of angles. She absolutely well prepares her graduate students with knowledge background and skills in gender and feminist studies as they intersect with the various disciplines. I am very grateful for her unwavering support, which allowed me to complete a final project of which I could be proud.”
Most recently, Danielle has been recognized for her publication of the thought-provoking monograph A Community of Disagreement: Feminism in the University. According to Lynne Huffer, author of Mad for Foucault, “A Community of Disagreement is a provocative, original, compelling critique of the institutionalization of feminism in the university from a perspective that remains sympathetic to feminist thought and politics....As a theoretically sophisticated approach to much-debated questions that have plagued academic feminism and the university more broadly for the past thirty years, the book is refreshing, timely, and persuasive.” Just as Danielle has shaped UNCG’s WGS students through her teaching, its certain that she will continue to shape the UNCG WGS program and many others through her scholarship.
Her WGS colleagues also appreciate all that she offers to the WGS program. Say Dr. Gwen Hunnicut, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of Graduate Studies for WGS, “Danielle is an ideal colleague. She is always available to serve on committee and to pitch in to help….As the only scholar in our institution who holds a doctorate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Danielle brings a necessary academic perspective to both the WGS program and to intellectual life on campus.”
Despite all of her many accomplishments, Danielle is known for her humble bearing and unobtrusive demeanor. She says, “What I love about being part of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program is that I am surrounded by a wide network of supportive colleagues from across the university, and they’ve also entrusted to me a big role in shaping the Program as it continues to grow.”
A display about Danielle’s accomplishments is up in the WGS Library and Conference Room for the remainder of the Fall 2012 semester. Her book and copies of her many published articles are available for perusal there.