Professor, WGSS

Office: 541-737-6135

Waldo Hall

Waldo Hall 266

2250 SW Jefferson Way

2250 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Ph.D., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University

M.A., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University

B.A., Psychology and Women's Studies, Vassar College

Honors and Awards: 
  • Women of Achievement Award, Oregon State University, 2022
  • Faculty Member of the Game (for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and leadership), Oregon State University 2019
  • Eminent Professor, University Honors College, Oregon State University, 2017
  • Thomas R. Meehan Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University, 2015
  • Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, University Honors College, Oregon State University, 2015
  • Teaching Award, School of Language, Culture, and Society, Oregon State University, 2015
  • Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Award, School of Language, Culture, and Society, Oregon State University, 2013
  • College of Liberal Arts Research Grant, Oregon State University, 2012-2013
  • Regional Arts and Culture Council Grant, Portland, OR, 2011-2012
  • Research Fellow, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, 2011-2012
  • Social Justice and Diversity Award, School of Language, Culture, and Society, 2011
  • National Clarion Award, The Association for Women in Communication (for documentary film, Finding Face), 2011
  • Best Documentary Feature Film, San Diego Asian Film Festival (for Finding Face), 2011
  • Special Jury Prize for Human Rights, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (for Finding Face), 2011
  • Silver Hugo Award (for Finding Face), 2010
  • Best Film, Astoria International Film Festival (for Finding Face), 2009

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Dr. Patti Duncan, Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies,  earned her BA from Vassar College and her MA and PhD in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Emory University. She specializes in transnational feminist theories and movements, women of color feminisms, feminist media studies, queer studies, and feminist motherhood studies. Professor Duncan teaches courses including "Transnational Feminisms," "Women of Color Feminisms," "Foundations in Multiracial/Transnational/Queer Feminisms," and "Social Justice: Theory and Practice." She has also taught for Semester at Sea, traveling with students to the Bahamas, Brazil, Namibia, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Hawai'i, and Costa Rica, and has collaborated with colleagues to lead travel seminars in Mexico, Greece, and India. In 2004, Professor Duncan was a visiting researcher at Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea.

Professor Duncan is Editor of Feminist Formations, a leading journal in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. She is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech (University of Iowa Press), and numerous articles about women of color feminisms, anti-racist feminist pedagogies, and transnational feminisms. And she is the co-editor of Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices (Demeter Press), Women's Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press), and Women Worldwide: Transnational Feminist Perspectives, 2nd edition (Oregon State University).

She is former Vice President of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), and a former recipient of grants and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Civil Liberties Public Education Fund, and the National Women’s Studies Association. 

Affiliated with: 
Sch Lang, Culture & Soc
Courses Taught: 
  • WGSS 235H: Women in World Cinema
  • WGSS 325H: Disney: Gender, Race, Empire
  • WGSS 350: Politics of Motherhood in Global Contexts
  • WGSS 456/556: Reproductive Justice
  • WGSS 530: Women of Color Feminisms
  • WGSS 585: Transnational Feminisms
  • WGSS 616. Multiracial, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms I
  • WGSS 620: Social Justice, Theory and Practice
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Affiliated MPP Faculty

Policy Areas: Transnational feminist theories; gender and the global economy; gender issues in Asia.

PhD: Emory University

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