Danielle DeMuth

Chair and Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Email: demuthd@gvsu.edu
Phone:  616-331-8216
Office:  218 Lake Ontario Hall

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/danielle-demuth/59/272/9b0

Academia.edu: https://gvsu.academia.edu/DanielleDemuth


  • PhD, English, University of Toledo, 2000
  • MA, English, University of Toledo, 1994
  • BA, English and Psychology, Heidelberg College, 1991


Dr. DeMuth routinely teaches WGS 450: Global Feminisms, WGS 336: Lesbian Gay Queer Literature, WGS 200: Introduction to Gender Studies. She also teaches WGS 224: Introduction to LGBT Studies. Since coming to GVSU in 2006, she has led study abroad programs in Women and Gender Studies to Egypt and most recently to South Africa. As part of the study abroad program in South Africa, the program partners with SHAWCO and Manenberg Primary School to engage service learning in the community. 

Research interests: Her research interests include lesbian and queer literature and history. Her long-term research is on the trajectory of lesbian literary theory and history as exemplified in the case of Gale Wilhelm, who wrote We Too Are Drifting (1934), the first lesbian novel in the United States.


  • Civic Engagement Fellow, National Women’s Studies Association, Teagle Foundation Grant (2010-11)
  • Pew Teaching Excellence Award. Grand Valley State University (2010)
  • Nomination. “Twentieth Century Lesbian Literature in the Twenty-First Century: Lesbian Literary (date?)
  • History and the Future of Gale Wilhelm,” Legacy Best Paper Presented at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference (2009)
  • Celebrated Faculty Member Award. Office of Housing and Residence Life, Grand Valley State University (2009)
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to Students. Housing and Residence Life Faculty Fellows Committee, Grand Valley State University (2007-08)
  • Someone Who Really Makes a Difference at GVSU Award. Housing and Residence Life, Grand Valley State University (2008)

Other interests:

Dr. DeMuth is on the editorial board of The Journal of Lesbian Studies, an interdisciplinary academic journal for the field.

She and her dog Lizzie are a therapy team with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, gladly providing exam stress relief to GVSU students.

Recent Publications:

Unsexing Gender, Engendering Activism: Readings in Gender Studies. 2nd ed. Edited with Julia Mason, Ayana Weekley, and Debjani Chakravarty. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2015. Print

“Introduction: The Influence and Legacy of Barbara Grier.” The Journal of Lesbian Studies. 18.4 (2014): 310-315.

Guest editor. Special issue of The Journal of Lesbian Studies on the Influence and Legacy of Barbara Grier. 18.4 (2014).

“Theorizing, Teaching and Creating “Theorizing, Teaching and Creating Change: Feminism, Rhetoric and Activist Pedagogy for Women’s Studies.”Atlantis: Women’s Studies Journal 35.2 (Spring 2011). Print.

“Caramel and Under the Bombs.” Signs: Films for the Feminist Classroom 3.1 (2011). Web

Unsexing Gender, Engendering Activism: Readings in Gender Studies. Edited with Julia Mason. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt, 2009. Print.

“The Furies,” “Nancy Toder,” “Alice Bloch,” “Camarin Grae,”  “Noretta Koertge” and “Judith McDaniel.” John Hawley, editor. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2008.

“Del Martin.” Significant Contemporary American Feminists. Jennifer Scanlon, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 1999.

“Gale Wilhelm,” “Marcia Freedman, ” “Carol Seajay,” and “Dee Mosbacher.” Gay and Lesbian Biography. Michael Tyrkus, editor. Detroit, MI: St. James Press, 1997.