Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2008
Voichita Nachescu currently teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ, and is finishing her book manuscript, Consciousness and Community
. Prior to her fellowship at the Center, she earned degrees from a number of institutions: B.A. The West University of Timisoara, Romania (1997); M.A. in Romanian Literature and Intertextuality, The West University of Timisoara (1998); M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Oral History, Timisoara Open College (2001); Doctoral Support Program, Gender Studies, Central European University (1999-2000). Ph.D. in American Studies, State University of New York at Buffalo (2006).
Voichita is a co-founder of the first Women’s Studies Center in Timisoara (1998), currently a concentration in the English M.A. program at her alma mater. She has published on social movements and national identity in modern and postcommunist Romania. Her dissertation, Becoming the Feminist Subject: Consciousness-Raising Groups in the Feminist Second Wave
, examines the connection between subjectivity and social movement alongside axes of gender, race, sexuality, and class. Her research interests include new social movements, feminist and critical pedagogy (she is the recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award from SUNY Buffalo), gender and nationalism, transnational feminism. She has taught SWGS 101 “Introduction to the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality” and has also taught courses on feminist pedagogy, gender and sexuality in postcommunist Eastern Europe, and the history of the feminist second wave.
Voichita Nachescu is currently finishing the manuscript of her book "Where Feminism Is a Dimension of Humanism": A History of the National Alliance of Black Feminists (1974-1983), written in collaboration with Brenda Eichelberger, the former executive director of the organization. An article based on her research is forthcoming in “Lifting as We Climb”: Black Women Intellectuals in Modern U.S. History, edited by Hettie V. Williams. Nachescu has recently started a new research project on transnational whiteness and Eastern European immigrants, and she has contributed a book chapter to the forthcoming anthology From the Outside: Narratives of the Othered in the Academy, edited by Santosh Khadka, Joanna C. Davis-McElligatt and Keith Dorwick. Other work has appeared in Women’s Studies Quarterly, the Journal for the Study of Radicalism, and other places. She is currently a lecturer in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University. Her creative writing has appeared in The Rumpus (under the pen name Ileana Florian) and other places. She is the essays editor of ducts.org