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Heteropatriarchy and Academia

Stanford graduate students are invited to join us for a speaker series examining the presence of heteropatriarchy in academia. 

We are motivated by this specific moment in time, during which COVID has exacerbated inequalities and laid bare the shortcomings of our educational institutions as it pertains to supporting and advancing women, people of color, LGBTQIA+/queer individuals, and gender non-conforming individuals in particular. We are in a unique moment in which we are attempting to return to some form of hybrid or in-person work, and can claim this opportunity to reimagine our practices and recreate our support systems.

Our aim is to provide both structural and individual/community level perspectives. We will provide tools and support for navigating academia without placing the burden for institutional change on an individual’s shoulders. Guests speakers will present research for both a systematic view and for examples of how research may inform social and institutional change.

The series is generously funded by Stanford's Vice Provost for Graduate Education.

Upcoming winter 2022 events

This speaker series and interdisciplinary intellectual community is open to any Stanford graduate student. All events will take place via Zoom until further notice. Contact Meagan Khoury to register and receive a Zoom link and with any questions at



Wednesday Jan. 19, 4 pm

Adrian Daub , Clayman Institute of Gender Research, Stanford University

Welcome Event: How can we interrogate heteropatriarchy and academia, as it stands now in this unprecedented moment? How can we show up authentically in this community considering ongoing structural and institutional challenges?

Thursday, Feb. 10, 12 pm

Ray Briggs, Stanford University

Being Trans or Non-Binary on the Job Market and/or as an Early Career Scholar

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 12 pm

Harris Kornstein, University of Arizona

Navigating Academia as a Scholar and Drag Performer

Wednesday, March 9

Tina Cheuk, California Polytechnic State University
Nicole Lynn Lewis, author of Pregnant Girl: A Story of Teen Motherhood, College, and Creating a Better Future for Young Families and founder of Generational Hope

Being a Parent/Caretaker and an Academic