Associate Professor

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, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, earned her BA from Vassar College and her MA and PhD at Emory University's Institute for Women's Studies. She specializes in transnational feminist theories and movements, women of color feminisms, feminist media studies, feminist motherhood studies, queer studies, and critical mixed race 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 is Editor of Feminist Formations, a leading journal in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. For more information, see She is the current Vice President of the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA). 

Patti Duncan is the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech (University of Iowa Press, 2004), and numerous articles about women of color feminisms, anti-racist feminist pedagogies, and transnational feminisms. She is co-editor of Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices (Demeter Press, 2014), and co-director/producer of Finding Face (2009), an award-winning documentary film exploring the effects of gendered violence in Cambodia, which has screened at fourteen national and international film festivals. She also served as co-editor of a four-volume reference collection, Women's Lives Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, 2018). Her current research focuses on narratives of rescue, migration, and motherhood in representations of women and children in the global South.

In Fall 2004, Professor Duncan was a visiting researcher at Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea. In 2007, she led a travel seminar in Cuernavaca, Mexico on the topic of gender, migration, and globalization. She spent Fall 2008 on a ship, teaching for the Semester at Sea program, during which she traveled and taught in the Bahamas, Brazil, Namibia, South Africa, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Hawai'i, and Costa Rica. In 2014 she co-led a travel seminar to India on the topic of women, gender, and feminist activism, in partnership with Krishnammal College for Women. And in 2015, she team-taught a course on gender and sexuality in Greece. She is 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
Research/Career Interests: 

Transnational feminisms, women of color feminisms, feminist media studies, feminist motherhood studies, queer studies, and critical mixed race studies.