Dr. Karen M. Gagne teaches in the Department of Sociology. She received her PhD and MA in Historical Sociology from Binghamton University in New York, and her BA from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She is interested in social movements (such as the anti-colonial, indigenous and Black Power movements of the 1950s and 1960) and connecting those movements to our present moment; Africa-New World Studies; and rethinking knowledge. cognition, and education and studying humans in the 21st Century using Sylvia Wynter’s “Black Studies Alterity Perspective” as a model for the Human Studies. Karen comes to St. Lawrence University from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where she taught Sociology, Anthropology and Ethnic Studies since 2008. Her courses at St. Lawrence include: Revolution in the 21st Century; Social Problems and Policy; Sociology of Sex and Gender; Women and Revolution; Rural Sociology; and Drugs and Society.
Karen also serves as the President of the Board of the Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning in Canton, New York (http://www.deeprootcenter.org/) whose mission it is to provide the environment, resources, and support for young people who choose to live and learn without school. Deep Root Center is a member of the Liberated Learners Network (http://liberatedlearners.net/) that strives to provide all young people with access to interest-driven, life-long learning practices outside of a formalized school setting.
Falling in Love with Indians: The Metaphysics of Becoming America:
On the Obsolescence of the Disciplines: Frantz Fanon and Sylvia Wynter Propose a New Mode of Being Human:
“I Arrived Late to This Book”: Teaching Sociology with Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust, the "Novel":
Fighting Amnesia as a Guerilla Activity: Poetics for a New Mode of Being Human:
Regularly Taught Courses:
- Social Problems and Policy
- Sociology of Sex and Gender
- Drugs and Society
- Rural Sociology
- Women and Revolution
- Revolution and the 21st Century
- Black Studies as Human Studies