Sally Kitch

Title

Director of the Institute for Humanities Research and Regents' Professor of Women and Gender Studies

Department

School of Social Transformation

About

Sally L. Kitch is the founding Director of the Institute for Humanities Research and Regents' Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. She came to ASU from Ohio State University, where she was a professor of Women's Studies until 2006 and chaired the Department of Women's Studies from 1992 to 2001. Prof. Kitch specializes in feminist theory and epistemology, the intellectual history of gender and racial ideology, theories of transdisciplinarity, gender representation in visual and narrative culture, and the material effects of such representation on the lived realities of diverse women's lives.

She has written three books on feminism and utopianism and developed that as a sub-field of feminist theory: Higher Ground: From Utopianism to Realism in American Feminist Thought and Theory (University of Chicago Press, 2000); Chaste Liberation: Celibacy and Female Cultural Status (University of Illinois Press, 1989; winner, National Women’s Studies Association Book Award, 1987) and This Strange Society of Women: Reading the Letters and Lives of the Woman's Commonwealth (Ohio State University Press, 1993, winner, Helen Hooven Santmeyer Prize in Women’s Studies).  Her chapter on “Utopia” in Critical Terms for the Study of Gender (University of Chicago Press, 2014) represents her role in constructing utopia as a sub-field in gender studies.