Lessie Jo Frazier

Lessie Jo Frazier

Professor, Gender Studies

Professor, American Studies


  • Ph.D., Anthropology and History, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Anthropology, History, Latin American Studies, University of Chicago


Professor Lessie Jo Frazier's work focuses on political culture in the Americas. She is particularly interested in the intersection of cultural studies theories of power, subjectivity, and ideology with questions of political economy. She has published on gender, nation-state formation, human rights, mental health policies, memory, poetics, activism, and feminist ethnography. Professor Frazier's teaching includes courses on transnational feminisms; gender, race and the erotics of imperialism; gender and sexuality in the Americas; theories of gender and sexuality; feminist perspectives on warfare and militarism; methodology; and gender and human rights.

Courses recently taught

  • AMST-A 201: U.S. Institutions and Social Movements: Democracy and Dissent
  • AMST-A 202: U.S. Arts and Media: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n Roll
  • AMST-A 300: The Image of America in the World
  • AMST-A 350: Work, Family, Community Action
  • AMST-A 450: Research Seminar: Bandits, Borders, Justice
  • AMST-G 697: Transnational American Studies, Graduate Seminar

Works in progress

  • "The Global '68" (IU Press, under contract).
  • "Beyond '68: Women's participation in Mexico '68 and their Legacies" (U of I Press, under contract).
  • "Desired States: Gender, Sexuality, and Political Culture in Chile".

Recent publications

"Amnesia: Cultural Memory, Reconciliation, and Communal Accountability" Comparative American Studies, 2015.

"More Than Mojo: Gender, Sex, and the Racialized Erotics of Global '68" with Deborah Cohen Kalfou, A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, 2015.

"Global Scale: '68 and methodologies in global studies" with Deborah Cohen in Hilary Kahn, ed. Framing the Global, Indiana University Press, 2014.

"Revolutions and Heterotopias, a Special Forum" Journal of Transnational American Studies, co-edited with Micol Siegel and David Sartorius. Vol 4, Issue 2. 2012.

Gender and Sexuality in 1968: Transformative Politics in the Cultural Imagination, co-edited with Deborah Cohen, Palgrave Press, 2009.

Salt in the Sand: Memory, Violence and the Nation-State, in Chile, 1890-Present (Duke University Press, 2007).

Frazier, Lessie Jo and Deborah Cohen "Mexico '68: Defining the Space of the Movement, Heroic Masculinity in the Prison, and "Women" in the Streets," Hispanic American Historical Review 83:4 (November 2003): 617-660.

Gender's Place: Feminist Anthropologies of Latin America, eds. Roasario Montoya, Lessie Jo Frazier and Janise Hurtig (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).

comparative american studies book cover
Man standing on a city street holding a sign that says, "I have amnesia"
Kalfou book cover and its Haitian Keryol definition meaning crosswords
Framing the Global book cover
Historical Dean Rusk demonstration in October 1967
Dean Rusk Demonstration, October 31, 1967; IU Archives P0029020
gender and sexuality book cover in 1968