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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


  • 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.


  • WGS New Faculty Hire Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: Search committee for new tenure track position in Critical Race Studies, Women's & Gender Studies Department
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