Winthrop University: CAS Faculty Profile - Disney, Jennifer

Name:  Jennifer Disney
Title:  Department Chair and Professor of Political Science; Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program
Education:  Ph.D. with Distinction, City University of New York
M.A., City University of New York
M.Phil., City University of New York
B.A., Western Maryland College
Office:  328 Bancroft Hall   
Phone:  803/323-4668
Area(s):  Political Science, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, African Politics, Latin American Politics, Women and Politics, Feminist Theory, Globan Women's Movements


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Dr. Disney completed her Ph.D. with distinction at The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York (CUNY) in 2002. Her dissertation, "The Theories and Practices of Women's Organizing: Marxism, Feminism, Democratization, and Civil Society in Mozambique and Nicaragua," was awarded the American Political Science Association (APSA) Women and Politics Best Dissertation Award in 2003, and a paper based on two chapters of her dissertation was awarded the Christian Bay Award for the Best New Political Science Paper presented at the APSA that same year. Disney's first book based on her award-winning dissertation, Women's Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicaragua, was published by Temple University Press in hardback in 2008 and in paperback in 2010.

Disney has been at Winthrop since 2002, receiving promotion to associate professor in 2007 and to professor in 2014. Disney has served as director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) for Winthrop, and began serving as the director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program in 2012. She has been the recipient of the 2006 Faculty Service Learning Award, the 2007 Outstanding Junior Professor Award, and the 2008 Student Life Award.

Her areas of teaching, research, and scholarship are in the fields of comparative politics and political theory, specifically in the areas of development and underdevelopment, Third World feminisms, and global women's movements. She teaches courses in "Comparative Politics," "Women and Global Politics," "African Politics," "Latin American Politics," "International Political Economy," "Social Movement Politics and Political Protest," "Political Science Capstone," and "Women's Studies."

Disney also is a member of the African-American Studies and Women's Studies Committees. She serves as faculty advisor to Amnesty International and the Socialist Student Union. She served for five years as president of the Board of A Place for Hope, the 501 (c)(3) community resource center of the Blackmon Road Community.

Last updated by rayj 08/01/2019

Last Updated: 8/1/19