Emily Bent

Emily Bent

Associate Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Women's and Gender Studies
41 Park Row


Faculty Bio

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.

Awards and Honors

  • Dyson College, 2015, Dyson 2015 Faculty Summer Research Award
  • Pace University, 2015, Kenan Award
  • National University of Ireland, Galway, 2008, Galway Doctoral Research Fellow


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

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

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

Courses Taught

Past Courses

WS 115: Intro to Wmn & Gndr Stds-C.E.
WS 115: Intro to Women's & Gender St
WS 166: Gender, Race and Class
WS 180: Nnprft sklls for Scl Jstce
WS 266: Gender, Race and Class
WS 280: Intern in Women Gender Study
WS 297: Gender and Human Rights
WS 297: Geographies of Girlhood
WS 297: Girl's Activism in the 21 Cnty
WS 297: How to Change the World
WS 297: Tpc: Yth, Pltcs & Socl Chng
WS 380: Seminar in Feminist Theory
WS 395: Independent Study
WS 399: Research Methods
WS 499: Capstone Women's & Gender Stdy

Publications and Presentations


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

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • National Women's Studies Association [Co-Chair, Girls and Girls' Studies Caucus]
  • International Girls Studies Association
  • Women in Learning & Leadership Advisory Council
  • Working Group on Girls [Co-Chair]

Department Service

  • Women's & Gender Studies Curriculum Committee [Committee Member]

Professional Service

Girls Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Undergraduate Research [Editorial Review Board Member]
Girlhood Studies Journal [Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer]