Background

ANNA L. WEISSMAN is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida and a previous FLAS Fellow at UF’s Center for European Studies. Her research focuses on theorizing the mutually constitutive relations of nation, state, sexuality, and gender, particularly through reproductive rights. Her training in feminist international relations theory and comparative political analysis has equipped her to analyze through an intersectional lens the construction of the hetero-patriarchal state as it dovetails with sociocultural structures of marriage, family, and sexual relations.

Anna’s research demonstrates how the symbiotic relationality of sexuality and the state has created significant structural and particular embodiment issues that have plagued women and LGBTIQ* individuals to this day—in aspects of citizenship, national identity, and security. Her dissertation research particularly focuses on same-sex reproductive rights in Europe, questioning the ontology of reproduction and the nation-state through the development and application of the concept of repronormativity.

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.

Education

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

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

Areas of Interest/Research

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

Published Works and Selected Works In-Progress

“Trump, Trans, and Threat,” (23 Sept. 2017). Oxford University Press Blog. available: https://blog.oup.com/2017/09/trump-trans-threat

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

(2017) “Repronormativity and the Reproduction of the Nation State The State and Sexuality Collide,” Journal of GLBT Family Studies: 13(3): 277-305. available: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1550428X.2016.1210065

(2016) with Laura Sjoberg. “The Queer in/of International Relations.” Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. Ed. Patrick James. New York: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199743292-0177

(2016) Book Review: “Who Is Worthy of Protection? Gender-Based Asylum and US Immigration Politics.” International Feminist Journal of Politics, 18(1).  Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14616742.2015.1125641

(2015) Book Review: Intelligent Compassion: Feminist Critical Methodology in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, 36(3). Available: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1554477X.2015.1050915

Conference Presentations and Participation

“Troubling Motherhood: Maternity and the State,” to be presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, 4-7 April 2018, San Francisco, CA

Chair, “Roundtable: Troubling Motherhood: Care Work and Feminist Ethics,” future annual meeting of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2-3 April 2018, San Francisco, CA

Roundtable participant: “Troubling Motherhood: Interrogations of Motherhood in Global Politics,” future annual meeting of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, 2-3 April 2018, San Francisco, CA

“Queering the Institution of Motherhood: Repronormativity and the Production of Difference,” presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association – Northeast region, 3-4 November 2017, Providence, RI

Roundtable participant: “Researching and Teaching International Relations during Politically Disruptive Times,” annual meeting of the International Studies Association – South region, 20-21 October 2017, Orlando, FL

Roundtable participant: “Motherhood, Intersectionality, and Global Politics,” annual meeting of the International Studies Association, 22-25 February 2017, Baltimore, MD

“Survey of Same-Sex Reproductive Rights in Europe and the United States: Sexuality and the State Collide,” presented at the annual meeting of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, 19-22 May 2016, Cincinnati, OH.

“Constructing the Body Politic Through Limitations on Reproductive Rights for Same-Sex Couples,” presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, 17-21 March 2016, Atlanta, GA.

“Reproducing the Nation: Repronormativity and the Production of the Nation-State through Three Case Studies: Poland, Sweden, and France,” presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association-Northeast region, 5-7 November, 2015, Providence, RI.

Participant, Interpretive and Relational Research Methodologies Graduate Student Workshop, International Studies Association – Northeast region, 5 November, 2015, Providence, RI.

“The Female Citizen: An Oxymoron? Analyzing Women’s Identities in Newly Democratizing States through the Reproductive Rights Discourse in 1990s Poland,” presented at the annual meeting of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, 9-11 May 2014, Los Angeles, CA

“Tracing the Genealogy of Feminism in Poland: The Roles of History and Culture in the Development of Female Civic Identity and Participation,” presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, 3-6 April 2013, San Francisco, CA

Invited Presentation:

“Women’s Issues in the 2012 Election: The Candidates’ Positions on Reproductive Rights, Healthcare, and Wage Parity, and Why They Matter,” Public Service Council Voters Issues Conference, Bob Graham Center for Public Service, University of Florida (17 October 2012)

Fellowships/Grants

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

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

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

Graduate Assistantship, University of Florida (2011-2015)

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Santa Fe College – Department of Behavioral Sciences, Political Science, (2015-)

Professional Service

  • Treasurer/Secretary, LGBTQA Caucus, ISA
  • Founder, Women in Political Science (WiPS), University of Florida (2016)
  • Reviewer
    • International Feminist journal of Politics (2013- )
    • GLBT Family Studies (2016-)
    • Review of International Studies (2016-)
  • Representative, Graduate Assistants United, Political Science Dept., University of Florida (2014-2015)
  • International Relations Field Chair, Political Science Graduate Student Council, University of Florida (2013-2014)
  • Director of Fundraising, Political Science Graduate Student Council, University of Florida (2013-2015)

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, sexuality, 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 of 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; Olympic weight lifting; becoming a serious polyglot

Contact Information

Office Hours: by appointment

Office: 214 Anderson Hall and A234 Santa Fe Main Campus
Fax: (352) 392-8127
Email: aweissman@ufl.edu; aweissman34@gmail.com

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