Meet Joanna Wuest, 2021 Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars Recipient

Joanna Wuest

Project Title: Uneven Egalitarianism: Sex, Gender, and Corporate Power in the Postwar U.S.

Joanna Wuest studies identity, inequality, and American political and constitutional development. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019 and was the Reunion-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University from 2019-2022. Wuest’s research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Association of University Women, and has been the recipient of the Kenneth Sherrill Award for the Best Dissertation on Sexuality and Politics among other APSA paper awards.

Her academic work has appeared or is forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics, Polity, Politics & Gender, Law & Social Inquiry, GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, nonsite, and various edited volumes. Her public writing has been published by the Nation, Boston Review, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dissent, Psyche, Philosophical Salon, and Jacobin.
Her first book, Born This Way: Science, Citizenship, and Inequality in the American LGBTQ+ Movement (advance contract with the University of Chicago Press), examines the power, tenacity, and limits of LGBTQ+ citizenship claims based upon medical and scientific authority. Currently, she is writing a second book tentatively titled Uneven Egalitarianism: Civil Rights, Corporate Power, and American Constitutionalism.

About the APSA Advancing Research Grants for Early Career Scholars

The APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grants provide support for the advancement of scholars from historically racial and ethnic underrepresented groups and for research that examines political science phenomena affecting historically underserved communities and underrepresented groups and communities. In December 2021, APSA awarded ten projects for the APSA Diversity and Inclusion Advancing Research Grant for Early Career Scholars for a combined total award amount of $25,000. Read about the funded research projects.