Patti Hanlon-Baker is Associate Program Director of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Patti is a native Californian who returned after a decade-long absence during which she earned her PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught at Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada, Reno, Southern Connecticut State University, and Teachers College at Columbia University.
During her first eight years at Stanford, she taught in the Program in Writing & Rhetoric, and there her courses focused on education equity, gender politics, and political rhetoric. As a writing teacher, Patti values how students explore the power of language and become savvier rhetoricians. During those years, she occasionally taught courses in FGSS, and in April 2013 she accepted the position Associate Director.
Her research interests center on how feminist critiques reveal the ways in which various discourses influence perceptions and expectations of women’s pregnancies and births. She is currently completing an article on how popular descriptions of pregnant bodies influence women’s perceptions of “fit bodies” and balanced nutrition during pregnancy.