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Jennifer Musial is completing her PhD at York University in Women's Studies. Her dissertation examines the intersections of femininity, whiteness, class-passing and nation in media narratives about and representations of pregnant women such as Laci Peterson, Lori Hacking, Susan Torres and Britney Spears. Her dissertation employs psychoanalytic, critical race and transnational feminist theories. She has further research interests in popular culture studies, body studies and feminist pedagogy. In August 2002, Jennifer completed her Masters thesis entitled Transgressive Embodiment: Containing the Pregnant Body in Popular Culture through the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University. Her work can be found in the Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering (spring/summer 2003) , Politics and Culture (3.2003) and Not Just Any Dress: Explorations of Dress, Identity, and the Body (Peter Lang Publishers, 2004). She recently co-edited a themed issue for the cultural studies e-journal, Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary entitled Threatening Bodies:Nationalism, Sexuality and Race. Finally, Jennifer has a chapter, "From ‘Madonna’ to ‘Whore’: Discourses on Sexuality and Pregnant Women" in the forthcoming edited collection Technologies of Mothering: New Conceptions, New Deliveries.
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