Jennie Lightweis-Goff, an assistant professor of women’s studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has won the SUNY Press Dissertation / First Book Prize in African-American Studies for “Blood at the Root: Lynching as American Cultural Nucleus.” In her manuscript, Lightweis-Goff argues that “Spectacles of mob violence demarcated racialized boundaries of personhood in Jim Crow America, boundaries still extant in the largely-segregated contemporary public sphere, but contested in American literary texts that function as submerged memorials to racial violence.”
Lightweis-Goff earned her Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificates in Gender and African-American Studies at the University of Rochester. She completed her studies in July 2009 with the support of the Susan B. Anthony Institute at the University of Rochester, which also named her project the “Most Distinguished Dissertation in Gender and Women’s Studies.”
She has previously published essays in the journals Senses of Cinema, The Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, as well as ‘The Way We Read James Dickey” – a collection available from the University of South Carolina Press. At the Colleges, she teaches the Senior Seminar in Women’s Studies, which is organized around conceptions of public and private space, as well as courses on psychoanalysis, black feminist theory, and representations of pain.