ANNA L. WEISSMAN is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida and a former FLAS Fellow at UF’s Center for European Studies (2013-2017). Her research examines the politics of nationalism, particularly the construction of the “national story” and its effects on lesbian, gay, and trans reproductive rights.

Anna’s dissertation focuses on lesbian, gay, and trans reproductive rights reproductive rights in Poland, Sweden, France, and the Czech Republic, uncovering the intertwining history of normative sexuality, traditional procreative gender roles, and the mythology of the nation-state, and develops of the concept of Repronormativity. Building on sociocultural historical tracing and discourse analysis, Anna explains not only attitudes toward LGBT parenting, but also shows how heteronormative reproduction colors ideas of political belonging. Her dissertation ultimately uncovers the centrality and biosocial nature of reproduction, demonstrating how heteronormative reproduction plays a vital role in the constitution of ethno-nationalist state identity.

Anna is also interested in the construction of gendered political self-identity through the processes of state-building and democratization in post-communist Europe, analyzing the effects of religious nationalisms and other post-communist legacies on the creation of these exclusive citizenships and masculine democracies.


Ph.D., Political Science, University of Florida, (2011-2019)

Graduate Certificate, Women and Gender Studies, University of Florida (2015)

M.A., Political Science, University of Florida (2014)

B.A., International Relations (Magna Cum Laude), Lake Forest College (2010)

Areas of Interest/Research

  • Sexuality and Gender
  • Nationalism, National Identity, Nation-Building
  • Reproductive Rights
  • LGBTIQ* rights
  • Political Anthropology
  • Feminist Political Theory and Methodology
  • Feminism in Eastern Europe


Published Works and Selected Works In-Progress

Edited Volumes

Troubling Motherhood: Interrogations of Maternity in Global Politics, edited by Laura J. Shepherd, Anna L.  Weissman, and Lucy B. Hall (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Refereed Journal Articles

(2017) “Repronormativity and the Reproduction of the Nation-State: The State and Sexuality Collide.” Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 13:3 (first published online in 2016)

Girls of War: Feminist Analysis of the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign (under review by the International Feminist Journal of Politics)

Refereed Book Chapters

“Ideal Citizens and Family Values: The Politics of Reproductive Fitness,” in Troubling Motherhood: Interrogations of Maternity in Global Politics, edited by Anna L. Weissman, Laura J. Shepherd, and Lucy B. Hall (under contract with Oxford University Press).

(2018) “Sex, Sexuality, Reproduction, and International Security,” in Routledge Handbook of Gender and Security, edited by Caron Gentry, Laura J. Shepherd, and Laura Sjoberg

Other Writings

(2017) “Trump, Trans, and Threat,” (23 Sept.). Oxford University Press Blog. available:

(2016) with Sjoberg, Laura, “The Queer in/of International Relations.” In Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press. Available here

Book Reviews

(2016) Review of Nayak, Meghana. Who Is Worthy of Protection? Gender-Based Asylum and US Immigration Politics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015). International Feminist Journal of Politics 18:1 pp. 162-164

(2015) Review of Confortini, Catia Cecilia. Intelligent Compassion: Feminist Critical Methodology in Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (New York, NY: Oxford University Press). Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy 36:3. pp. 342-345



James W. Button Memorial Award, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, 2019

Kenneth Sherrill Prize, American Political Science Association (APSA), Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs, 2018

Foreign Language and Area Studies Academic Year Fellowship, Center for European Studies, University of Florida (2013-2014), (2015-2016), (2016-2017)

Travel Grant, Department of Political Science, University of Florida, ($350): 2013, 2014 ($300), 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

2014 Pulaski Scholarship for Advanced Studies, Grant Recipient, American Council for Polish Culture ($5,000).                                                                     

Travel Grant, Center for European Studies, University of Florida, 2014 ($1,000)

Travel Grant, Graduate Student Council, University of Florida, ($250), 2013; ($350), 2018

Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship, Center for European Studies, University of Florida, Summer 2012 ($7,500) [deferred]

Foreign Language and Area Studies Travel Grant, Center for European Studies, University of Florida, Summer 2012 ($1,000) [deferred]

Graduate Assistantship, University of Florida (2011-2015)


Academic Appointments

Instructor. University of Florida, Department of Political Science (2018-)

Instructor, Santa Fe College – Department of Behavioral Sciences, Political Science, (2015-)

Managing Editor, International Feminist Journal of Politics, University of Florida (2012-2013).


Personal Biography

As a feminist scholar, I am an activist passionately dedicated to a larger goal of equality, being sensitive to intersectional issues of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and ability. My intersectional feminist ethos informs my academic research, my teaching, as well as my participation in my community. I am an active member and volunteer in the Gainesville non-profit community and view my work as a holistic enterprise.

I am a first-generation Polish-American and a Chicago native. Though I will always call that city my home, I spent the majority of my undergraduate career studying and traveling abroad. My education has taken an unconventional route, an amalgam of people, places, and perspective, often absent from a physical classroom. My travel throughout Europe and study in the UK and France has allowed me to escape my limited American-centric perspective and encounter different cultures, beliefs, and ideas. I work to continually expand my worldview and apply this perspective to my approach to political inquiry.

Hobbies and interests: sketching, oil painting, photography; playing the guitar and piano; power weight lifting; becoming a serious polyglot

Contact Information

Office Hours: Fridays 12-1:45pm and by appointment

Office: 206 Anderson Hall
Fax: (352) 392-8127

Mailing address:
234 Anderson Hall – Department of Political Science
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117325
Gainesville, FL 32611-7325