American Studies

Allison Wallace - Race, Gender, and the American Body

After graduation, Allison began working full-time at nonprofit that helps low-income students earn four-year degrees. As a Development and Communications Coordinator, Allison writes grants, crafts promotional material, and supports all philanthropic engagement activities. Though Allison no longer writes cultural studies papers, she thinks about questions of race, nationhood, gender, belonging, and bodies (among other American Studies topics) daily.

Area of Concentration Courses

American Studies 101: The Atomic Age
Gender and Women's Studies 142: Women in the Muslim and Arab Worlds
African American Studies 144: Cultural Studies
American Studies H110: Honors Seminar: More than One Country: On Being and Belonging in America
American Studies H110: Honors Seminar: Chicano/Latino Art/Literature in Its Place: Los Angeles, Albuquerque, New York
Gender and Women's Studies 129: Bodies and Boundaries


Allison Wallace : - The Corporeality of Contraception: Reading Degeneracy, Resistance, and Nation through the Body in The Birth Control Review (Class of 2015)

In her honors thesis, The Corporeality of Contraception, Allison interrogates Margaret Sangers seminal reproductive rights magazine, The Birth Control Review. Utilizing Black feminist theory and body scholarship, she examines how the body is manipulated in early 20th century reproductive rights discourse to service different projects: as a political tool to defend white womens reproductive autonomy, as an object of resistance against racial oppression, as well as a legible text for eugenicists to discern which individuals are fit to make up the nation. The vignettes in the Review ultimately illustrate the disturbing alliance between white feminists and eugenicists, as both communities worked to demarcate which bodies were desirable and at the fore of national progress and which abject bodies required violent erasure.

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