OU Professor Hosts Feminist Reading Group For Incarcerated Girls

Professor Sabina Vaught, photograph

Professor Sabina Vaught, principal co-chair of the Carceral Studies Consortium hosted by Gibbs College, is leading a Feminist Studies Reading Group for 15 incarcerated teenaged girls this fall.

Sponsored by the ‚ÄčOklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs, the goal of this reading group is to help create a collective learning and solidarity community through feminist and womanist principles.

Vaught is modeling this reading group after ‚Äčfeminist studies groups she previously developed and led at a Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham, Massachusetts. These reading groups were offered in both short term (eight week) and long term (six month) settings. The eight-week options were co-facilitated by an undergraduate and a graduate student, who were trained by Vaught.

For the incarcerated girls being held at a treatment facility outside of Oklahoma City, this fall’s Feminist Studies Reading Group aims to help them connect their individual experiences and identities to larger systems of thought, culture, and power.

For more information, please reach out to Sabina Vaught, chair of the OU Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (sabina.vaught@ou.edu).

Featured image: Sabina Vaught