Elisabeth Jay Friedman

Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6046 Kalmanovitz Hall 274
On Sabbatical Fall '18

Biography

Elisabeth Jay Friedman was awarded her BA by Barnard College (1988) and her MA/PhD by Stanford University (1997). She is the author of Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996 (Penn State Press, 2000), and the co-author of Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences (SUNY Press, 2005). She has also published articles on transnational women's organizing, women's rights in Latin America, and same-sex marriage. Her most recent book, Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America (University of California Press, 2016), provides the first in-depth exploration of how Latin American feminist and queer activists have interpreted the internet in order to develop their identities, construct communities, and hone strategies for social change. By translating the internet into their own vernacular, they have also transformed the technology. Friedman is also editing the collection “Contesting the Transformation: Gender, Sexuality, and the Latin American Left,” which brings together 15 scholars from North and South America to explore to what extent the left-leaning governments of the “Pink Tide” have promoted the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and engaged feminist and queer movements.

Education
BA, Barnard College
MA/PhD, Stanford University
Research
gender and politics
Latin American feminist and queer movements
social and political meaning of the internet
Publications

Friedman, Elisabeth J. (2016) Interpreting the Internet: Feminist and Queer Counterpublics in Latin America. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.

Friedman, Elisabeth J. (2005) Sovereignty, Democracy, and Global Civil Society: State-Society Relations at UN World Conferences New York: SUNY Press.

Friedman, Elisabeth J. (2000) Unfinished Transitions: Women and the Gendered Development of Democracy in Venezuela, 1936-1996. Penn.: Penn State Press.