jillian 1 Jillian Duquaine-Watson Senior Lecturer II,

Program Head, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

PhD, Women’s Studies, The University of Iowa
Social Change, International Development, Poverty, Motherhood and Reproduction

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Dr. Jillian M. Duquaine-Watson—known simply as “Dr. Jillian” to her students–received her BA in Social Change and Development with a minor in Women’s Studies from The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1997. She completed her MA in American Studies from The University of Iowa in 2000 and her work in that program focused on women in 20th century American culture. In 2005, she became one of the first students to earn the PhD in Women’s Studies at The University of Iowa and during her doctoral training, she completed a disciplinary concentration in feminist socio-cultural anthropology and specialized in the areas of pedagogy and theories of motherhood and reproduction. Dr. Jillian has long been involved with non-governmental and non-profit organizations and earned certificates in non-profit management, responsible NGO management, cultural competence, and maternal & child health.

After finishing her PhD, Dr. Jillian taught at several institutions before joining the faculty at The University of Texas at Dallas in 2008. At present, she serves as a full-time Senior Lecturer I in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Jillian is an award-winning educator who has taught a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Women’s and Gender Studies, American Studies, Political Science, Rhetoric/Communication Studies, Anthropology, International Development, and Sociology.

Research Interests

Dr. Jillian has been published widely.  Her book monograph, Mothering by Degrees: Single Mothers and the Pursuit of Post-Secondary Education, will be published in early 2017 by Rutgers University Press Her teaching and research interests include poverty and public policy, international development, social change/activism/development, the family in America, educational practices and policies, motherhood, and reproductive technologies.

Dr. Jillian is proud that her undergraduate student mentees have been selected for participation in the following prestigious programs: the Green Fellows Program and the Bill Archer Fellowship Program.

Offered Courses

AMS 2341 American Studies for the 21st Century
AMS 4326 Documentary Photography: History, Politics & Impacts
GST 2300/SOC 3354 Introduction to Gender Studies
GST 4325 Motherhood & the Technological Womb
HLTH 3310 Health Care Issues: Global Perspective
ISIS 4350 International Development: Cultural Impacts
MAIS 5300 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Inquiry
MAIS 5302 Capstone Seminar
MAIS 5303 Research Project

Selected Publications

“Circumcision.” (2014) The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia. Marilyn J. Coleman & Lawrence H. Ganong, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

“C-Sections.” (2014) The Social History of the American Family: An Encyclopedia. Marilyn J. Coleman & Lawrence H. Ganong, eds. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

“Computing Technologies, the Digital Divide, and ‘Universal’ Instructional Methods.” (2008) Pedagogy and Student Services for Institutional Transformation: Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education. Jeanne L. Higbee & Emily Goff, eds. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

“‘Pretty Darned Cold’: Single Mother Students and the Community College Climate in Post-Welfare Reform America.” (July 2007) Equity & Excellence in Education. Special issue on Social Justice Issues and Community Colleges. Routledge.