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Nicole Yokum, ABD

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Nicole Yokum, ABD

Nicole Yokum, ABD

228 Sparks Building University Park , PA 16802


MALS, Dartmouth College
BA, Dartmouth College

Professional Bio

Nicole is currently a graduate fellow at the Humanities Institute completing her dissertation, "The Politics of Attachment: Toward a Critical Theory of Affect." Her project explores how emotional dispositions become distorted under conditions of capitalist, racist, sexist, and heterosexist oppression, excavating resources from early critical theory in conjunction with contemporary feminist, queer and affect theory. Using attachment styles as a heuristic for interpreting modes of relating to the socio-political order, she reclaims the value of affective "pathologies" - through the lens of insecure attachment - as an ethical and politically productive response to oppression.

Nicole Yokum