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Ann Russo

Ann Russo is a Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies who focuses on queer, antiracist, and feminist movement building to end violence and to build socially just and caring communities.  Her scholarly and activist work engages transformative justice theories and practices that cultivate communal healing, intervention, accountability, and transformation in response to systemic interpersonal, community, and state violence.  

Courses Regularly Taught

  • WGS 303/480 Gender, Violence, and Resistance
  • WGS 320/420 Transformative Justice
  • WGS 395 Senior Seminar
  • WGS 400 Feminist Theories
  • WGS 485 Women, Gender, Agency, & Social Change
  • ISP 102 Chicago Women Activists

Areas of Interest

  • Feminist, Anti-Racist, and Queer Theories and Practices for Justice
  • Transformative Justice: Collective Healing, Intervention, Accountability, and Transformation in response to interpersonal, community, and state violence
  • Critical race theory: Interrogating Whiteness, Privilege, and Accountability
  • Intersectional Movement-Building

Major Publications

  • Communities Resisting Violence, with Melissa Spatz (Women and Girls Collective Action Network, 2007).
  • Talking Back and Acting Out: Women Negotiating the Media Across Cultures, co-edited with Sandra Jackson (Peter Lang, 2002)
  • Taking Back Our Lives: A Call to Action for the Feminist Movement (Routledge, 2001).
  • Without Apology: Andrea Dworkin's Art and Politics, co-authored with Cindy Jenefsky. (Westview Press, 1998).
  • Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism, co-edited with Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Lourdes Torres (Indiana University Press, 1991).