Education

Jessica Pan

Jessica Pan

Associate Professor of Economics at the National University of Singapore and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
WAPPP Fellow

Jessica Pan’s research examines gender differences in economic and educational outcomes, with a focus on under-explored determinants such as gender norms, social interactions, taste discrimination, behavioral traits, work flexibility, and social influences.

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Establishing Loving Spaces for Learning: Nurturing Gender & Sexual Identity Development in US Schools

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

(New course.) This course explores both the role of gender and sexuality in shaping young peoples' schooling experiences, opportunities, and outcomes, and the role of schooling experiences in shaping young people's notions of gender and sexuality. In many ways, the course is about the "hidden curriculum" of heteronormativity, or the subtle practices in schools that privilege heterosexual, gendered identities and ways of being. As such, students in the course will apply the concept of the hidden curriculum to the study of gender and schooling in order to understand why and how children and youth with different gender identities experience schooling differently and why and how heteronormative schooling detrimentally impacts all students. By the end of the course, students should be able to: (1) identify specific strategies that educators at various levels might use to support students in negotiating gender and sexuality norms; (2) identify tools that schools can use to build positive, nurturing environments, which open up possibilities for complex gender and sexual identity development; and (3) analyze and evaluate a variety of school practices, curricula, policies, and programs that seek to support healthy gender and sexual identity development for U.S. children and adolescents. The course will provide opportunities to consider the ways in which other elements of identity (e.g., race, culture, socio-economic status, age, geography, etc.) intersect with gender and sexuality in the process of identity development. Although schools will be the central setting examined, course materials are also applicable to community-based settings.

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Women and Lived Religion in Contemporary Life

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

This course offers theories and methods needed for the study of gendered experiences of religion in the contemporary world. Rooted in the tradition of sociology of religion, the course is organized around diverse theoretical approaches as well as exemplary empirical studies on women and religion. We shall focus on cases in the West as well as in East Asia." src="/profiles/openscholar/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">

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Title IX: Sports, Sex and Equality on Campus

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

Title IX of the Civil Rights Act promises equal access to educational opportunities. This has been one of the most dynamic areas of civil rights activism in the recent past, and promises to remain so. Under the Obama Administration, protecting students from sex assault was a capstone priority. Such efforts may not remain a high priority in the new administration. Thus, we will consider the question of how essential the federal government's role is in enforcing Title IX's equity principles? What other levers are available to further the civil rights of students to a safe and equal educational environment? This course provides the opportunity to develop a robust discourse on critical issues of gender equality in schools, including issues of gender identity. Readings include cases, articles, and decisions by the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Education.<--break->

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Sex Education: Politics, Policy, and the Production of Knowledge

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

This course covers the history of sexual education in the U.S. and Global North, the conflation of abstinence and virginity (and the Western history of virginity), the way sex education is used to teach particular gender roles, sex education for those who are categorized as disabled (with an introduction to disability studies), abstinence-only and abstinence-first education and its impact on queer, trans, and intersex teens (with an introduction to queer studies), sex education and consent, sexual assault and teaching about dealing with sexual assault, and, of course, the complex politics of sex education. We will look at research on sexual education in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand, and consider how politics help shape sexual education and education as a whole. And, of course, we will look at the impact of feminism, gay liberation, AIDS, and other social movements on sex education and “social hygiene.” We will also review selected materials from Global South regions and their experiences with sexual education, and consider the intersections between sex education and colonialism.
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Religion, Gender, and Politics in Transnational Perspective

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

The course follows key themes in religion and gender as these were shaped and reshaped through the colonial and post-colonial eras. In particular, the religious history of American women and the history of women in Islam primarily in relation to the Middle East (professors Braude's and Ahmed's fields respectively) are intertwined and brought into conversation. The interaction of religion, gender and sexuality and the turns and complexities imparted to these by the politics of imperialism, race, resistance, and the politics of class, are examined in the context of the emergence of modernity, nationalism, feminism and the globalization of religions in the wake of empire and Christian mission.
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The Words to Say It: Women Writing in French from Colette to Satrapi

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2018

Motherhood, romantic love, independence, sexuality, citizenship, fantasy, death: these are just some of the themes explored in women's novels, written in French, in the twentieth century. We will read eight novels together, exploring how they have finally become classics, even given what they say about life and what it means for women to write about it.

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