CLIP Fellows

About the 2017-2018 CLIP Fellows

Lauren O’Laughlin is a doctoral candidate in the department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at UW. They received their M.A. in Feminist Studies in 2015, conducting critical discourse analyses on popular representations of intersex fish and frogs exposed to toxins. Lauren’s doctoral dissertation continues to explore representations of toxicity in popular culture, paying specific attention to the way that normative ideologies of gender, sex, and sexuality work synergistically with racism around toxic spills. Lauren has taught courses in GWSS, CHID, and English on writing for the social sciences, environmental studies, feminism, and queer studies. Lauren is committed to dynamic, consent-based, feminist pedagogies that recognize students’ ability to contribute knowledge. For instance, they begin every quarter by drafting a contract with the students of what everyone can expect of each other and they incorporate various learning styles to make the class accessible and engaging, including embodied exercises, student co-facilitations, and service-learning options. They co-organized two GWSS roundtables on feminist pedagogies and collaborated with UW’s Interactive Theater as Pedagogy Project to host a workshop on fostering non-traditional learning. They are currently developing an LGBTQ Healthcare Training Pathway for the UW School of Medicine with the Ingersoll Gender Center. In recognition of their commitment to teaching for social justice, they were awarded the Doman Teaching Award in October 2016.

Jey SaungJey Saung is a doctoral student (PhC anticipated Summer 2017) in the department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the UW. They received their M.A. in Gender Studies (Research) in 2014 from the University of Leeds, UK. Their thesis was entitled “Negotiating Biology: Queering the Reproductive Lesbian” and analyzed different ways in which biogenetic discourses were taken up by lesbian couples describing their experiences with reproductive technologies and queer family-building strategies. Their doctoral research expands on queer family-building by examining various technologies as entry points into a larger discussion of queerness, reproduction, race, and the state. Jey has taught courses at the UW in GWSS and English on composition and gender, race, and class. Their pedagogical practice centers students as knowledge producers, as exemplified through projects such as creating anthologies of students’ own “theories in the flesh” as inspired by This Bridge Called My Back and collective feminist zine making (in response to the 2016 presidential election). Through working with the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS) and Graduate School Core Programs, they have co-organized and moderated panels on campus on LGBTQ professional development and mentorship. They serve as a mentor with the UW Q Center Mentorship Program and also teach karate at a local dojo. Teaching martial arts to children serves as a constant reminder of the importance of embodied knowledges, kinetic learning, and commitment to feminist pedagogies.

About the 2015-2017 CLIP Fellows

Nancy C. Iff’s (participating 2015-2017) research and scholarship focus on new media, cinema studies, popular culture, textual theory, and classics. She received a Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature and Textual Studies in 2011 from the University of Washington, along with Doctoral Certification in the Cinema and Media Studies Program and the Program in Theory and Criticism. Dr. Iff has taught English, Comparative Literature, Film, Comparative History of Ideas, and Classics courses, both at the University of Washington in Seattle and at Hunter College in New York on topics such as comics, food, mythology, the undead, and detective fiction, amongst others.



Lauren O’Laughlin (participating 2016-2017) is a graduate student in the department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at UW. They received their M.A. in Feminist Studies in 2015, conducting critical discourse analyses on popular representations of intersex fish and frogs exposed to toxins. Lauren’s doctoral dissertation continues to explore representations of toxicity in popular culture, paying specific attention to the way that toxic spills co-articulate species with race, gender, and sex. Lauren has taught courses such as Interdisciplinary Writing for the Social Sciences in Feminist Studies and Masculinities: Circulation, Contestation and Transformation. Lauren is involved with the Critical Animal Studies Working Group and co-organizes the UW Que(e)ry Project, which is compiling a campus-wide survey to assess queer and trans students’ experiences with discrimination.


David Giles’ (participated 2015-2016) research experience includes five years of ethnographic participant-observation in Seattle, San Francisco, New York, Melbourne (Australia), and smaller North American cities, with chapters of Food Not Bombs—a globalized movement of autonomous groups that scavenge, glean, or dumpster-dive for food discarded by local markets, distribute it freely in public places, and in the process contest local geographies of homelessness and disparity. This research reflects his commitments to an anthropology that is both public and politically-engaged. His teaching interests have included the Political Economy of Homelessness, Urban Studies, Protest, the History of Liberal Political Philosophy, Post-Colonial Studies, Existentialism, and the Anthropology of Popular Culture. He has also studied and performed extensively within a range of musical traditions, including free jazz, ska, and punk rock. And he is an avid fan of the television show Doctor Who.


Kathryn (Katie) Gillespie's (participated 2015-2016) work explores geographies of food and agriculture and structures of power and privilege related to nonhuman animal lives, bodies and deaths. She is working on a book, The Cow with Ear Tag #1389 [under contract with University of Chicago Press], about the lives of cows in dairy production in the Pacific Northwestern United States. She is co-editor of Critical Animal Geographies [Routledge, 2015] and Economies of Death [Routledge, 2015].