Melissa Ooten, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Women Involved in Living and Learning (WILL), University of Richmond, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

PhD received: 2005
Dissertation Title: Screen Strife: Race, Gender, and Movie Censorship in the New South, 1922-1965
MA received: 2001
Thesis title: "A Bad Case of Fossilized Tradition": The Discourse of Race and Gender in Women's Battle for the Ballot in Richmond, Virginia 1909-1920

Awards, Fellowships, and Publications
  • University Profile
  • Race, Gender, and Film Censorship in Virginia, 1922-1965

  • “A History of Resilience is a History of Resistance.” Appalachian Journal. Spring 2011.
  • “Waves of Feminism: Discussions and Disruptions.” With Emily Miller. Alice Ginsberg, ed. And Finally We Meet: Intersections and Intersectionality Among Feminist Activists, Academics and Students. Towson, MD: Institute for Teaching and Research on Women.
  • “Tackling the PIC: Successes and Challenges in Teaching the Prison-Industrial Complex.” Radical Teacher. 2010.88 (2010): 32-43. Print.
  • “Connecting Theory and Practice.” With Holly Blake. Ms. Magazine.
  • “Bridging the Divide: Connecting Feminist Histories and Activism in the Classroom.” With Holly Blake. Radical History Review 2008.102 (2008): 63-72. Print.
  • “Dangerous Bodies: Women and the Censorship of Sex Hygiene Films in Virginia.” Screen Media and Sexual Politics Anthology. Cambridge: Scholars Press.
  • “Filming Eugenics: Teaching the History of Eugenics Through Film.” With Sarah Trembanis. The Public Historian 29.3 (2007): 145-55. Print.