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Women's and Gender Studies

Justin Sprague Ph.D.

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Women's and Gender Studies

Wayne Hall 734
125 W. Rosedale Avenue 
West Chester, PA 19383

Jean Bauer 

Dr. Joan Woolfrey, Interim Chair

Justin Sprague Ph.D.

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. 

Areas Of Interest

  • Critical Race/Multiracial Studies
  • Ethnic Food and Foodways

  • Motherwork and the Ethics of Care

  • Queer and Intersectional Theory

  • Women of Color and Transnational Feminisms

  • Feminist Pedagogy

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