Teaching, Diversity, and Social Justice

Teaching courses in gender & sexuality studies, literature, pop culture, film, and writing since 2013.


Representing Women & Gender in Literature, Art, and Pop Culture

Feminist studies of literature, art, and popular cultures employ an interdisciplinary set of tools for analyzing many different kinds of “texts.” This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary and intersectional field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with an emphasis on the experiences, achievements, and status of women in the arts and humanities.

Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

This class focuses on women’s shared and unshared experiences, issues of gender roles and stereotyping, questions related to sex/gender systems, and the different disciplinary approaches to the study of women and gender. 

Rhetoric and Composition

This course is an intensive, rhetorically based experience in reading and writing that will prepare you both to understand the communications that surround you and to succeed in your own communication efforts. Thus, in this course, we will focus specifically on analyzing verbal and visual texts (our reading) as well as on producing such texts (our writing) in terms of rhetorical principles. You will become more attuned to your goals as a writer, more aware of the ongoing conversation surrounding your topics, and more resourceful in terms of the appropriate delivery of your information.

Contemporary Literature

This course examines several topics important to the study of “the contemporary” and to literary studies. By considering the legacies of weird fiction, a mode of writing defined by its depictions of the strange and indescribable, we examine important literary concepts such as form, genre, tone, and affect as they relate to contemporary topics and themes including postmodernism, identity, ecology, non-normativity, race, gender, and the nonhuman.

Living in a Diverse World (Race, Class, and Gender)

This course takes an intersectional perspective and uses literature, film, and scholarly texts to inspire students to explore how conceptions of social difference (gender, race, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and disability) shape society and everyday interactions historically and today.

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies

An introduction to the study of homosexual and queer identities across a wide range of disciplines and methodologies, this course explores the history of modern, “western” ideas about sexual identity as manifested in both writing and images. The class examines sexuality not as a “natural” or consistent phenomenon, but as a set of beliefs that have changed over time and manifest themselves differently in different cultural and historical contexts.

Other Kinds of teaching


In addition to classroom teaching, I have also worked one-on-one with students to improve their writing, knowledge, and critical thinking skills.

Online Teaching

I have taught several sections in a fully online environment, including “Intro to WGSS,” “Representing Women & Gender in Literature, Art, & Popular Cultures,” “Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies,” and ‘Writing in the Social Sciences.” I’m experienced with several Learning Management Systems, like Canvas, ANGEL, and Blackboard.

Guest Teaching

I often teach guest lectures on topics related to my own research and interests. For example, I have given guest lectures in undergraduate and graduate courses on the biopolitics of reproduction, the history of pulp novels and magazines, film languages, and queer theory.

Student feedback

“I enjoyed the group discussions and having a voice in the class. The professor would ask questions that made us think and allowed everyone to give an opinion. It was a much different course than I am used to and being able to talk about what we read and learned helped to further understand the material.”

“Professor Doane was always energetic and passionate about the material she was teaching which helped make me feel energetic. I enjoyed that this course was not repetitive in that each new book brought new ideas and methods to talk about in class, so there was never a boring day.”

“She was always willing to help and wanted us to succeed and understand the best we could and always clarified everything anyone would ask. She is very caring, enjoys what she talks about, very outgoing and helpful. I liked how she changed up ways to start the class or go over the readings, some with presentations from herself or a class member, some thinking of questions or thinking of what we liked from the reading, or writing our ideas or having us break apart the reading and find specific topics we covered within the readings. She changed it up a lot and took the time to address everything.”