Wendy Kozol, Professor
- Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College, 1980
- Master of Arts, Univ California Los Angeles, 1986
- Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Minnesota Minneapolis, 1990
Wendy Kozol is a professor of Comparative American Studies. Her research and teaching interests include feminist theories and methodologies, visual culture studies, transnationalism and popular media, citizenship, militarization, and human rights activism. Courses she offers include "Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality," and "Debating Citizenship" and “Expanding the Archive.”
In fall 2014, she published Distant Wars Visible: The Ambivalence of Witnessing (University of Minnesota Press). This book brings a new perspective to questions about conflict photography and visual advocacy, whether in support of U.S. military objectives or in critique of the nation at war. Exploring the tensions between spectacle and empathy provoked by gazing at military violence and suffering, this study addresses how contingencies and contradictions in visual culture shape the politics and ethics of witnessing.
“Battlefield Souvenirs and the Affective Politics of Recoil." Photography & Culture 5, 1 (March 2012).