Affect and Inquiry: Emotion, Embodiment, Empiricism, Fall 2013
Deborah Whaley’s teaching and research fields include the institutional history, theory, and methods of American studies, 19th- and 20th-century American cultural history, comparative ethnic studies, black cultural studies, popular culture, the visual and expressive arts, feminist and gender studies, and critical theory.
Jeff recently published his first book, Banning Queer Blood: Rhetorics of Citizenship, Contagion, and Resistance (University of Alabama Press). This analysis, which places contemporary rhetorical theory in conversation with identity and movement studies, focuses on the federal donor deferral policies that prohibit gay men from giving blood. Although organizations such as the FDA purport to secure public safety through a scrupulous deliberative process, Jeff argues these measures are substantiated by a deleterious scientific discourse that positions gay men as contagions.