Anne Marie Butler

Anne Marie Butler.

Anne Marie Butler is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Kalamazoo College. Her research investigates how intersections between surrealism, sexuality, and queerness in contemporary Tunisian art can subvert state authority and social norms. Anne Marie's dissertation, "Unintelligible Bodies: Surrealism and Queerness in Contemporary Tunisian Art," askes how social norms can be dictated by the state, and evaluates how disrupting hierarchical categories, particularly those concerning bodies, might illuminate the relationships between the Tunisian state, Tunisian society, and contemporary art. Her text, “Fuck Your Morals: The Body Activism of Amina Sboui,” is included in Bad Girls of the Arab World (2017) and her entry on Tunisian genderqueer digital artist and performer Khookha McQueer appeared in the Global Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History (2019). 


Awards and Honors

  • Jeanne Jeffers Mrad Graduate Student Conference Travel Award, American Institute for Maghrib Studies
  • Wadad Kadi Travel Fellowship, Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Conference
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant, National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference
  •  Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship, UB Gender Institute
  • Excellence In Teaching Award, The UB Graduate School
  • Mark Diamond Research Fund Grant, UB Graduate Student Association
  • Teaching Assistant Excellence Award, UB Department of Africana and American Studies
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison Summer Arabic Immersion Program
  • National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholarship, Center for International Learning, Muscat, Oman
  • Intensive Arabic Language Program, Graduate Student Employee Union Professional Development Award
  • University at Buffalo, Sponsored Panelist, “The Politics of Black Women’s Hair” Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Center for Africana Studies
  • Funded Teaching Assistantship, UB Department of Transnational Studies

Meet More Students

  • Gabriella Nassif
    Gabriella Nassif focuses on issues of labor, gender and development in the Arab region with a specific focus on Lebanon. She has spent the last few years living between Buffalo, N.Y. and Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Xingyu Chen
    Xingu Chen joined the Global Gender and Sexuality Studies department as an MA student, then decided to stay for her PhD, focusing on war and fertility patterns, conflict-induced exposomes and women’s reproductive health in Asian countries after WWII.
  • Kit Lam
    Kit is a PhD student, and their research interests surround issues of interracial solidarity in social movements, with a particular interest in Asian-Black solidarity in the COVID era and its aftermath.
  • Lee Kagiavas
    Their dissertation work is a pessimist, History of Consciousness--abortion-style-- examination of aesthetic personhood through BIPOC queer/trans art and anti-abortion imagery. In her free time, she likes spending time outside with family, cooking, teaching classes, and of course, reading.
  • Jenna Woodcock
    Jenna Woodcock is pursuing her Master of Arts in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her research interests include: Memoir as a therapeutic and social justice praxis, Disability studies, Food writing, Memory studies, Queering the archive.
  • Maria Amir
    Maria Amir’s work focuses on South Asian queer Sufi practices and postcolonial feminist identities, specifically with regards to contemporary Human Rights and Nationalism discourse in South Asia.
  • Elizabeth DiPaola
    Elizabeth DiPaola is an MA student with an interest in the relationships between gender, sexuality, power, race, and class.
  • Lisa Martin
    Lisa Marie Martin is currently an MA student at the University at Buffalo in Global Gender Studies.
  • Sam King-Shaw
    Sam King-Shaw is a PhD student and Schomburg Fellow at UB. Sam’s research explores questions of relationality, desire, (freedom) dreams, and genealogy in twentieth-century Black queer cultural production.
  • Deanna Buley
    Deanna Buley's research focuses on abortion access and support systems in highly restrictive locations such as Northern Ireland and parts of the U.S.
  • Kailey McDonald
    Kailey is a PhD student interested in the interplay between the political imaginary and the transformative power of language. Her research focuses on imagining political alternatives to neoliberal, neocolonial capitalism.
  • Soe Win
    Soe is currently a PhD candidate. Her research interest includes gender-based violence, violence against minorities, and the women's movement in Burma (Myanmar).
  • Jessica Lowell Mason
    Situated in disABILITY theory, feminist theory, and queer theory, Jessica strives to use the written contributions of maligned, misunderstood, and heretical women (those dubbed 'madwomen' and 'witches') on the subject of consciousness to "talk back" to norm-enforcing modern-day sanist institutional and social practices.
  • Senay Imre
    Senay's research focuses on a comparative study of the social and political aspects of the "gender equality" versus the "gender justice" movements in her native Turkey.