Dr Carisa R Showden
MA, PhD (Political Science) University of North Carolina; AB Syracuse University
Research | Current
- Political activism among youth
- Constructions of agency
- Sex work & sex trafficking policies
- Feminist and contemporary political theory
- Queer theory
- Gender and sexuality studies
Teaching | Current
SEMESTER 2, 2018
Sociology 324: Special Issues in Gender
Gender 208: Thinking Gender
NOT OFFERED 2018
SOCIOL 215 Law, Inequality, and the State
Soicology 735: Current Debates in Gender and Sexuality
Shreya Gejji, “Identity and labour force experiences of migrant South Asian women in New Zealand.” (provisional title, PhD in Media & Communications, on-going, joint supervisor)
Natalie Cowley, “Understanding Depression: Personal and Social Interpretations.” (provisional title, PhD in Sociology, on-going, joint supervisor)
Suraya Dewing, “Between Policy and Practice: The Placement of Transgender Prisoners” (provisional title, PhD in Sociology, on-going, secondary supervisor)
Anna Fielder, “A study of the narratives of women who decline routine ultrasound scans in pregnancy” (provisional title) (PhD in Sociology, on-going, joint supervisor)
Engy Farouk Abdel Baky, “A Study of Twitter Feminist Discourse in Egypt From a Critical Discourse Analysis Perspective” (PhD in Applied Linguistics, on-going, secondary supervisor)
David Ting, “Migration and Sex Work in New Zealand: A Qualitative Study” (provisional title) (MA in Sociology, 2018)
Ti Lamusse, “Grieving Prison Death” (MA in Sociology, 2017). Winner of the 2017 Roger Oppenheim Memorial Prize.
Rearna Hartmann. “Where to From Queer? Beyond Identity, the Future of Queer Politics” (MA in Sociology, 2016)
Chutchaya Siriwattakanon, ““You’re the shame of our family!”: The Experience of Family Violence Against Queer Youth in Thailand.” (co-supervisor, BA(Hons) dissertation in Development Studies, completed November 2018)
David Ting, "Indigenous Sex Wars in Canada: Where are The Youth?” (BA(Hons) dissertation in Sociology, completed June 2016)
Prudence Wilson, “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary?: Just How Different Are Sex Work And Surrogacy In Terms of Market Noxiousness in New Zealand?” (BA(Hons) dissertation in Sociology, completed February 2016)
Ti Lamusse, “Becoming-Queer or Queer Dissensus?” (BA (Hons) dissertation in Sociology, completed 2015)
MA thesis committee member for students outside of University of Auckland:
Lori Durham, “Feminism and Human Trafficking Debates” (MA in Women's and Gender Studies, completed 2015)
Marla Sutherland, “Creating an Ethical Politics of Kinship Care Through Coalitions” (MA in Women's and Gender Studies, completed 2014)
Discipline Convenor for Gender Studies
Areas of expertise
I am a political theorist by training, doing interdisciplinary work that crosses contemporary and feminist political theory, queer theory, gender and sexuality studies,and law and society scholarship. My research and teaching are focused on critical constructions of agency, theories of commodification, sex work policies, and young people's political engagement.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Showden, C. R., & Majic, S. (2018). Youth who Trade Sex in the U.S. Intersectionality, Agency, and Vulnerability. Pages: 248.
- Showden, C. R. (2017). From human rights to law and order: The changing relationship between trafficking and prostitution in Aotearoa/New Zealand policy discourse. Women's Studies Journal, 31 (1), 5-21. Related URL.
- Showden, C. R. (2016). Feminist Sex Wars. In N. A. Naples, R. C. Hoogland, M. Wickramasing, W. C. A. Wong (Eds.) The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.. 10.1002/9781118663219.wbegss434
- Showden, C. R., & Majic, S. (Eds.) (2014). Negotiating Sex Work: Unintended Consequences of Policy and Activism. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: University of Minnesota Press.
- Showden, C. R. (2012). Theorising maybe: A feminist/queer theory convergence. FEMINIST THEORY, 13 (1), 3-25. 10.1177/1464700111429898
- Showden, C. R. (2011). Choices Women Make: Agency in Domestic Violence, Assisted Reproduction, and Sex Work. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA: University of Minnesota Press. Pages: 286.
- Showden, C. R. (2010). Feminist Legal Theory. In G. T. Kurian, J. E. Alt, S. Chambers, G. Garrett, M. Levi, P. D. Mcclain (Eds.) The Encyclopedia of Political Science Set (pp. 582-583). CQ Press.
- Showden, C. R. (2009). What's Political about the New Feminisms?. FRONTIERS-A JOURNAL OF WOMEN STUDIES, 30 (2), 166-198. 10.1353/fro.0.0056