Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Justin Sprague has both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, with concentrations in critical race/ethnic studies and food studies. He also earned an M.A. in Humanities and a B.A. in Communications from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Dr. Sprague's research examines the functions of authenticity as a mechanism for racial identification and ethnic identity construction. Centering the cultural narratives of Korean-Americans, he examines what bodies and identities are considered “authentic” in a given racial group/ethnic community context, how the concept is constructed, and in what ways authenticity is moderated through the vehicles of food and motherwork.
Ethnic Food and Foodways
Motherwork and the Ethics of Care
Queer and Intersectional Theory
Women of Color and Transnational Feminisms