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Emily Bent

Assistant Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Women's and Gender Studies

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Dr. Bent's research explores global girlhood discourses, feminist girlhoods, and girls' political participation and activist politics. Her current book project titled "Feminist Girls: The New Politics of Gender and Age at the United Nations" examines the lives of teenage girl activists at the United Nations from 2010-2015. She holds a doctorate in Global Women's Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway, MA in Women's & Gender Studies from Rutgers University and BA from The College of New Jersey.


PhD , National University of Ireland, Galway , Co. Galway, Republic of Ireland , 2013
Global Women's Studies

MA , Rutgers University , New Brunswick, NJ , 2004
Women's & Gender Studies

BA , The College of New Jersey , Ewing, NJ , 2003
Women's & Gender Studies

Awards and Honors

  • Dyson College, May 15, 2015 - Dyson 2015 Faculty Summer Research Award
  • Pace University, January 1, 2015 - Kenan Award
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, September 2008 - Galway Doctoral Research Fellow


Switzer, H., Bent, E. C. & Endsley, C. Precarious Politics and Girl Effects: Exploring the Limits of the Girl Gone Global. Academic Journal.


Bent, E. C. (2015, November 14). National Women's Studies Association 2015. Oppositional Girlhoods and the Challenge of Relational Politics. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Bent, E. C. (2015, November 13). National Women's Studies Association 2015. Feminist Girls and Intergenerational Partnerships: The Precarious Politics of Generational Power at the United Nations. Milwaukee, Wisconsin


girls' political agency, youth activism, feminist theories, girls' human rights, third and fourth wave feminist activism, transnational and global girlhoods

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Bent, E. C. (2015, September 1). Feminist Girls: The New Politics of Gender & Age.
Feminist Majority Foundation , Private , $45,000.00 . Funded,This project investigates adolescent girls' experiences as political actors and considers how they negotiate the politics of gender and age in formal 'adult' spaces. Based on a five-year qualitative study of girls' political participation at the United Nations from 2010 - 2015, it examines how sixty North American teenage girls engage with and inform the global movement for girls' human rights. What does political empowerment mean to girls? What barriers and challenges do girls face in their activist practice? How does gender and age shape their politics and opportunities for engagement? Who supports girls' political participation and what does that support look like? And lastly, what tools or strategies have girl activists developed to navigate international politics, secure their participation rights, and advance the girls' rights movement at the United Nations? Feminist Girls puts teenage girl activists at the center of the human rights movement helping to shape our understanding of gender, age and politics in the 21st Century.


  • National Women's Studies Association [Co-Chair, Girls and Girls' Studies Caucus] , January 2013
    Established in 1977, NWSA has more than 2,000 individual and institutional members worldwide. The Association provides critical support for members pursuing bold goals on their campuses and in their communities by challenging existing power structures and working to create a world built upon principles of social justice. The organization hosts an annual conference, publishes a news magazine, sponsors undergraduate and graduate student scholarships, conducts an annual Women of Color Leadership Project, and develops print and electronic resources to support the work of women's studies professionals.
  • International Girls Studies Association , September 2011
    The International Girls Studies Association is a professional association for academic researchers and students working on girls and girlhood in any part of the world and any discipline or interdisciplinary field. The Association is designed to share information and other resources, facilitate discussion, and work towards the further development of the field of Girls Studies.
  • Women in Learning & Leadership Advisory Council , September 2009
    Women In Learning and Leadership (WILL) is a curricular and co-curricular, certificate-bearing program designed to provide leadership experience, encouragement, and opportunity for development of critical and analytical skills. WILL provides active learning opportunities that empower women as leaders, fosters a deeper understanding of women's roles and contributions to society, and offers opportunities for women to investigate career and life choices.
  • Working Group on Girls [Co-Chair] , August 1 , 2013
    The Working Group on Girls (WGG) is a coalition of over 80 national and international non-governmental organizations with representation at the United Nations dedicated to promoting the human rights of the girl child in all areas and stages of her life; advancing the inclusion and status of girls; and, assisting them to develop their full potential as women.


  • Department Middle States Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: Review and assess program learning goals in accordance with middle states review; collect, review and submit assessment data for analysis measurements
  • Office of Housing and Residential Life [Faculty in Residence, 33 Beekman]
    Desc: Provide 5 additional office hours per week for students each week in residence; reside in 33 Beekman and provide 5 hours of programming per week (educational, professional development and social); participate in OHRL meetings and activities
  • Student Affairs Committee, NYC Faculty Council [Committee Member]
  • WGS New Faculty Hire Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: Search committee for new tenure track position in Critical Race Studies, Women's & Gender Studies Department
  • United Nations Careers Panel [Committee Member]
    Desc: Identify, recruit and prepare guest speakers for panel on UN Careers; assist in publicity for event and administration of the program; held on November 16, 2015
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