Jennifer Purvis

Associate Professor


  • PhD, English and Philosophy, Purdue University
  • Graduate Minor in Women's Studies, Purdue University


Dr. Jennifer Purvis is an Associate Professor as well as the Director of Women’s Studies in the Department of Gender and Race Studies here at The University of Alabama.  A specialist in feminist theory, queer theory, French Feminisms, and contemporary and feminist Continental Philosophy, Dr. Purvis joined the department in 2002 with a joint doctorate in English and Philosophy and a graduate minor in Women’s Studies from Purdue University.  She teaches a variety of courses on gender and sexuality, queer, feminist, and trans theory, and contemporary issues in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.  She has served on the Executive Board of SEWSA (The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association) for over a decade and has recently transitioned from the Past-President position to the Presidential Council.  She is the faculty advisor for URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity) and the faculty co-advisor for Not on My Campus.  She has published research on Simone de Beauvoir and Hegel, Julia Kristeva, intergenerationality, queer theory, affect theory, the stubborn hold of dominant reproductive logics in theoretical discourse, abjection and the gendered politics of shame, and the persistent feminist return to Antigone.  In addition to her ongoing work on temporality and reprocentrism, she is currently working on projects about feminism and monstrosity, regionalisms, gender and excess, and sexual justice.