Joanna Wuest

Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows
Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities and Politics
2019-22 Cohort

Joanna Wuest is a political scientist who studies identity, inequality, and American political and constitutional development. At Princeton University, she holds the Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellowship in LGBT Studies in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019.

Wuest's research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Association of University Women, and was the recipient of the American Political Science Association's (APSA) 2019 Kenneth Sherrill Award for the Best Dissertation on Sexuality and Politics among other APSA paper awards. Her academic work has appeared in Perspectives on PoliticsPolitics & GenderLaw & Social Inquiry, ​and nonsite, and her public writing has been published by the NationBoston Review, the Philadelphia InquirerDissentPsyche (Aeon​), the Los Angeles Review of Books' Philosophical Salon, and Jacobin​.

Her book manuscript, “Born This Way: Science, Citizenship, and Inequality in the American LGBTQ+ Movement (advance contract with the University of Chicago Press), is a comprehensive account of the “born this way” phenomenon in science, law, and American politics.

Currently, she is writing a second book, tentatively titled “Uneven Egalitarianism: Sex, Gender, and Corporate Power in the Postwar U.S.” The book aims to explain how rising rates of formal legal rights and social acceptance of LGBTQ+ persons were won at the exact moment that rates of inequality and economic immiseration began trending steadily upward. Essays and articles from this project have appeared in Law & Social Inquiry, the Nation, and Boston Review.