The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies announced this summer that Josh Truett, PhD candidate in the Theatre Graduate Program, is one of two winners of the 2017-18 Dana Greenblatt Feminist Media Award.
The Dana Greenblatt Award, named for WGSS alumna Dana Greenblatt, is awarded to chosen undergraduate, graduate, and faculty applicants each year. In order to be considered, the applicant must submit a narrative proposal of their research regarding feminist analysis and the production of cultural representations across visual media. Applicants can request a budget up to $3,000 to accompany the award, intended for continuing their academic research.
Truett is researching muxes of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, an indigenous society in Oaxaca, Mexico. Muxes are a native third gender in the area, and Truett's project explores the problematic ethnographic gaze that documentaries and journalists have projected onto this group, casting them merely as “gay” or “trans.” He spent part of his summer conducting interviews and filming his own documentary in Oaxaca.