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Skidmore College
Gender Studies
Gwen D'Arcangelis

Gwen D'Arcangelis

Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Gender Studies Program

Office: Ladd Hall # 211
Telephone: 518-580-8078


  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theories and Methodologies
  • Senior Seminar in Gender Studies
  • Feminist Science Studies


Gwen D’Arcangelis is Associate Professor in Gender Studies at Skidmore College. Her areas of teaching and research include gender, race, and science; feminist science fiction; disease and empire; and feminist and anti-imperial praxis. She has published on the construction of white scientific masculinity in U.S. national security discourse, gendered Orientalism in the U.S. news media during the 2003 SARS disease scare, and nurse activism against the war on terror. She has recently released a book-length manuscript titled Bio-Imperialism: Disease, Terror, and the Construction of National Fragility (description below). She is currently working on a new project exploring Chinese Medicine as a key site for promoting health and wellness among communities of color and other marginalized communities in the United States. She has also been involved in community engagement projects on queer Asian Pacific Islander justice and environmental justice, and has blogged on topics of science justice.


  • Bio-ImperalismBio-Imperialism: Disease, Terror, and the Construction of National Fragility (link to order).” Rutgers University Press, 2020.

More about her current projects can be found here.


  • “Confronting public health imperialism: A transnational feminist analysis of critical nurse response to the National Smallpox Vaccination Program of 2002,” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies vol 40., no. 1 (2019): 95-121.

  • “Framing China: Discourses of Othering in US News and Political Rhetoric,” with Su-Mei Ooi, Global Media and China, Feb 8, 2018.

  • “Reframing the ‘Securitization of Public Health’: a Critical Race Perspective on Post-9/11 Bioterrorism Preparedness in the U.S.,” Critical Public Health, 2016,

  • “Defending White Scientific Masculinity: The FBI, the Media and Profiling Tactics During the Post-9/11 Anthrax Investigation,” International Feminist Journal of Politics, June 15, 2015, 1–20.

  • “Enacting Environmental Justice through the Undergraduate Classroom: the Transformative Potential of Community Engaged Partnerships” (with Brinda Sarathy), Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship 8, no. 2 (2015): 97-106.

  • “Surveillance and Policing in U.S. Bioscience—producing transnational Others,” in Shifting Positionalities: The Local and International Geo–Politics of Surveillance and Policing, ed. by María Amelia Viteri and Aaron Tobler, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.

  • “Chinese chickens, ducks, pigs and humans, and the Technoscientific Discourses of Global U.S. Empire,” in Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience, ed. by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.

  • “Interview with Richard Lewontin” (with Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip), in Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience, ed. by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008.

  • “Prison abolition in practice: The LEAD Project, the politics of healing, and ‘A New Way of Life’” (with Shigematsu, Setsu and Melissa Burch), in Abolition NOW! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex, ed. by CR10 Publications Collective, Oakland: AK Press, 2008.