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Stephanie Koziej is a sixth year PhD Candidate in Emory’s Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a fourth year Psychoanalytic Candidate at the Emory University Psychoanalytic Institute. Her research Tender Rhythms focuses on the forgotten concept of tenderness in Freud’s early work, and its radical potential for rethinking subjectivity, sociality, and the erotic. Her writings combine feminist, queer, black, and affect studies lenses. As a singer-songwriter and sound artist Stephanie adds a musical and sonic dimension to her research. With the aim to both explore, induce and contemplate tender experiences, she uses brainwaves, voice, ukulele, and city noises to create interactive sound-installations, soundscapes, and songs. Besides her research, this inter-modal and inter-disciplinary combination of theory and art equally characterizes Stephanie’s teaching. Her classes in feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies emphasize the subversive potential of art as a way to critique problematic ideologies. Her transformative pedagogic style encourages students to integrate art and writing to explore and deconstruct the hegemonic ways in which sex, gender, race and ability are constructed.

Stephanie holds a Bachelors, Masters and Mphil degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2013 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, to study Intellectual History at the Johns Hopkins Humanities Centre. Since 2018 she has been a Laney Graduate School Fellow, pursuing her PhD in WGSS and this year she is completing her dissertation on a Mellon Public Scholarship Teaching Fellowship.