Ohio University

Loran Renee Marsan

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Assistant Professor of Instruction
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 LGBTQ studies, queer theory, popular culture, cultural studies, feminist and queer pedagogy, feminist theory, critical race theory, media studies, film theory, and local activism.

Courses Taught

At Ohio University

  • WGSS 1000 Introduction to WGSS
  • WGSS 2200 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (in person and online)
  • WGSS 2800 LGBTQ Media Action: Advocacy, News, and Praxis
  • WGSS 4800 WGSS Senior Capstone Seminar
  • WGSS 4610/5610 Queer Theory
  • WGSS 4900/5900 Queering Boundaries: Drag, Passing, and Popular Culture
  • FLC “Integrating Feminist Pedagogies Online: For Beginners and Those Who Want to Improve.” Online Faculty Learning Community, 2017-18
  • HTC Tutorials and Thesis Advising


“Passing Truths: Journalism, Education, and the Experience of Authenticity.” Neo-Passing: Performing Identity After Jim Crow. Mollie Godfrey and Vershawn Young, eds. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2018.

"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. (www.refractory.unimelb.edu.au)

Recent Conference Presentations

“Pushing Back, Failing Forward, and Slowing the Machine: Resisting Neoliberal Knowledge Production.” Workshop with Kim Little, Risa Whitson, and Kelly Choyke at NWSA Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 8-11, 2018.

“Neo-Passing: Performing Identity in Post-Jim Crow States of Emergence” Roundtable discussion with fellow authors from above edited volume at American Studies Association Conference. Atlanta, GA. November 8-11, 2018.

“Claiming Queers Now and Then: Past, Politics, and Pop Culture.” Sexuality Studies Association Annual Meeting at the 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Calgary University. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. May 29-31, 2016.

“Claiming Queers Now and Then: Past, Politics, and Pop Culture.” Gender, Bodies and Technology Conference: (In)Visible Futures. Virginia Tech. Roanoke, VA. April 21-23, 2016.

Selected Grants & Awards

Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities. Ohio University. College of Arts and Sciences. 2018-19.

Athens County Foundation Grant for PRISM LGBTQ+ Afterschool Arts Program. Fall 2018. Receiving $5,200 for supplies, advertising, and paid hours for Tessa Evanosky and Jo Hansbarger.

1804 Grant: Reimaging the Research Assignment. Accepted funding and participated in library innovation grant to create Wikipedia assignment for Spring 2016 WGSS 4610/5610 Queer Theory, AY 2015-16. Received $500.

Ohio University 4th Annual Faculty Newsmakers Gala. Recognized as “newsmaker.” 2018.

Ohio University 3rd Annual Faculty Newsmakers Gala. Recognized as “newsmaker.” 2017.

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.

Community Involvement & Service

PRISM LGBTQ+ Afterschool Youth Art Program. Organizer and weekly volunteer. January 2018-present.

United Campus Ministry board member. July 2018-present.

Athens City Community Relations Commission member. December 2016-present.

Susan B. Anthony Memorial Unrest Home resident, May 2018-present. SuBAMUH is a 501c3 non-profit land trust with an intentional living and educational community on 150 acres that runs feminist programming, conservation efforts, and campgrounds. This land group is the first gender-inclusive queer group to run SuBAMUH.