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Loran Renee Marsan


Assistant Lecturer

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
31 S. Court St., Suite 117

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Ph.D. in Women's Studies from University of California at Los Angeles
M.A. in Women's Studies from University of Arizona
B.A. in Women's Studies and English from University of California at Santa Barbara

Research Interests

Loran Marsan's research interests are in Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Media Studies, Film Theory, history of passing and drag, genre studies, media literacy, as well as 19th and 20th Century African-American history.

Courses Taught

At Ohio University

  • WGSS 2200 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
  • WGSS 4900/5900 Special Topics: Queering Boundaries – Drag, Passing, and Popular Culture
  • WGSS 4610/5610 Queer Theory  


  • WS 185 Crossings in Popular Culture: The Politics of Representation of Drag and Passing
  • WS M149 Media: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality
  • WS 495 Feminist Pedagogy
  • WS 178/278 Critical Media Literacy and Politics of Gender: Theory and Production
  • WS 10 Intro to Women's Studies: Feminist Perspectives – Women and Society At University of Arizona
  • WS 200 Women and Western Culture
  • WS 240 Suffragettes, Sisters and Riot Grrrls: Introduction to Women's Studies


"Cher-ing/Sharing Across Boundaries." In Visual Culture and Gender Vol. 5, 2010. Pp. 49-64. (

"Creating New Spaces in Third Cinema: Trinh T. Minh-Ha Rewrites the Narrative of Nationalism With Love." In Refractory journal Vol. 9, 2006. (

"Passing Truths: Journalism, Education, and the Experience of Authenticity." Forthcoming in Passing While "Post-Racial": Performance and Identity Production in Neo-Passing Narratives edited by Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Young.

Selected Grants/Awards


  • Ohio University LGBT Community Spirit Awards for  “Most Outstanding Faculty Ally” from the LGBT Center for the 2014-15


DESIRE Dissertation Workshop Retreat – UCLA, 2008
Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Grant – UCLA, 2006

Departmental Social Media

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