Jennifer  Purvis

Associate Professor

Office Hours

By appointment


  • PhD, English and Philosophy, Purdue University

Research Interests

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 is the Past-President of SEWSA (The Southeastern Women’s Studies Association) and serves as the faculty advisor for URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity) and Not on My Campus and as co-advisor for Tri Iota. She has published research on Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, intergenerationality, queer theory, the stubborn hold of dominant reproductive logics in theoretical discourse, and the persistent feminist return to Antigone. In addition to her ongoing work on temporality and reprocentrism, she is currently working on projects on the subjects of feminism and monstrosity, regionalisms, sexual justice, and shame.