Meg LeMay

Senior Lecturer
Affiliated Faculty
Meg LeMay's research and teaching interests include gender and racial identity in American literature, culture, and science. Working at the intersection of queer theory, feminist science studies, and animal studies, her current research interrogates how distinctions made between humans and other animals produce and police the borders of race and sex. Her present project, Queering the Species Body, shows how late modernist and contemporary authors make use of Charles Darwin's writings on species entanglements as a means to recalibrate dominant representations of race, sex, and biological life.
Meg teaches courses in Writing and Literature that emphasize the social, historical, and political contexts in which texts circulate with particular attention paid to cultivating awareness to questions of power. Currently, she is exploring methods for integrating mindfulness practice, also known as contemplative learning, into student experiences of reading, writing, and the classroom. 
"Bleeding Over Species Lines: Writing against Cartographies of the Human in Queer of Color Fiction" Configurations 22.1  (2014): 1-27.
Areas of Expertise
  • 20th and 21st Century American Literature and Culture
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies; Queer Studies
  • Feminist Science and Environmental Studies
  • Animal Studies
  • Ph.D., English (Interdisciplinary Specialization in Sexuality Studies), Ohio State University
  • M.A., Gender/Cultural Studies, Simmons College
  • B.A., Philosophy, Simmons College

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