Jillian Duquaine-Watson, PhD

Senior Lecturer I

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 a certificate in non-profit management from Iowa State University extension.

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, and Sociology.

Some of her current undergraduate course offerings at UT Dallas include:

  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • International Development:  Cultural Impacts
  • Social Change & Photography in America
  • The Politics of Reproduction
  • Gender, Society, & Politics
  • Costa Rica Field Trip—Sustainability, Eco-Tourism, and Service-Learning (a team-taught course that includes 2-week study abroad component)

She teaches the following graduate-level courses at UT Dallas:

  • Qualitative Research Methods:  Ethnographic Field Methods
  • Costa Rica Experience—Perspectives on Environmental Sustainability (a team-taught course that includes 2-week study abroad component)

Dr. Jillian has been published widely.  She is currently at work on two book projects including a monograph, Mothering by Degrees: Single Mothers and the Pursuit of Post-Secondary Education, and an edited volume tentatively titled, The Technological Baby Boom: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Higher Order Multiple Births. 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. She currently serves as faculty advisor for the following student organizations at UT Dallas: Habitat for Humanity, UNICEF, and Amnesty International.