Wen Liu

Undergraduate Discipline

Psychology

BS, University of Washington. MPhil, City University of New York (CUNY). Currently pursuing PhD in psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Central interests on the intersection of gender, sexuality, and labor through the lenses of Marxist-feminism, queer theory, and critical psychology. Current work focuses on the meanings of human rights in transnational LGBT movements in the context of neoliberal globalization. SLC, 2013–

Current undergraduate courses

The Psychology of Gender: From Social Structure to Individual Lives

Spring

This course examines the category of gender within and beyond the discipline of psychology and aims to familiarize students with major theoretical perspectives on gender, including social constructionism, feminism, Marxism, queer theories, critical race theories, and various psychological traditions. The course also draws from empirical research on gender in the United States and abroad that emphasizes the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, ability, and immigration in women’s experiences and identities. We will explore how gender and gendered practices have been studied in relation to macro-social processes such as patriarchy, capitalism, and globalization but also how they form meanings in the physical and psychological lives of individuals. We will look at how gender is embedded in contested relations of power in diverse communities and how feminists and psychologists have explored the possibilities for change within and beyond academia.

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Related Cross-Discipline Paths

Previous courses

Psychology and Social Change: A Critical Social Psychology Perspective

Spring

What does psychology have to do with social change and social justice? This course explores the history, theories, methods, and practices of social psychology from the legacy of liberation psychology to the work of contemporary critical psychologists. The course will introduce interdisciplinary frameworks to understand social psychological constructs, including: self, consciousness, identity, power, social group, social structure, human agency, and social movements. With an emphasis on the intersection of psychology and social change, students will be familiarized with theories and scientific methods that examine issues of social (in)justice and encouraged to further investigate, from a social psychological lens, sociopolitical topics related to race, gender, class, sexuality, and nation. 

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The Psychology of Women and Gender: From Social Structure to Lives

Fall

This course examines the category of gender within and beyond the discipline of psychology and aims to familiarize students with major theoretical perspectives on gender, including social constructionism, feminism, Marxism, queer theories, critical race theories, and various psychological traditions. The course also draws from empirical research on gender in the United States and abroad that emphasizes the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, ability, and immigration in women's experiences and identities. We will explore how gender and gendered practices have been studied in relation to macrosocial processes such as patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism, and globalization—but also how they form meanings in the physical and psychological lives of individuals. We will look at how gender is embedded in contested relations of power in diverse communities and how feminists and psychologists have explored the possibilities for change within and beyond academia. 

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