Jacquelyn N Zita

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A: Biology and Chemistry (Phi Beta Kappa), Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1969.
  • Ph.D.: Philosophy, Washington University, St. Louis, MIssouri, 1982.


  • Women's Biology, Environmental Justice, and Feminist Envrionmental Studies
  • Sexuality, Corporeal Philosophy, and LGBT Studies
  • Feminist Theory and Philosophy
Courses Taught
  • WoSt 3290 - Eco-Feminism and Environmetnal Justice
  • Wost 8108 - Feminist Theory and Method
  • WoSt 3202 - Biology of Women
  • WoSt 8190 Topics: Queer Theory; Theorizing the Body; Reading Donna Haraway; Reading Judith Butler
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Department of Women's Studies: 1995 - 2001
  • Co-Chair of the NWSA Program Administration and Development Committee: 2000 - 2003
  • President of the National Women's Studies Association: 2004 - 2005


  • Material Girl in a Chemical World: Reflections on Postmodernity, Environmental Crisis and the Female Body: Work-in-progress for sabbatical year 2006-2007. Reflections on female biologies in the post-World War II chemical/nuclear world and the ensuing envi, 2005 - 2007
  • Caustic Spring: Mapping Pesticide-Related Pathologies in Minnesota: Current work-in-progress will anthologize the research of Dr. Vincent Garry and provide the lay reader with an introducition to scientific method and toxicology., 2005 - 2007
  • Eco(A)ware Home Project: From the Home to the Summit, Women's Environmental Institute Principle Investigator: Research on scientific research on the unregulated environmental crisis in the American home. Includes kitchen table activism and a Summit Conference in 2008., 2005 - 2008


  • Women's Environmental Instiute Director of Education and Operations (www.w-e-i.org): Assist in the creation and development of the Women's Environmental Instiute a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to environmental justice, agricultural sustainability, education and policy development, 2002 --- ongoing
  • Third Wave Feminisms. Zita, Jacquelyn, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (special issue), 1997.
  • The Reproduciton of Whiteness: Race and the Regulation of the Gendered Body. Zita, Jacquelyn, Alison Bailey, ed., Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy (special issue), 2007 (forthcoming).
  • Body Talk: Philosophical Reflections on Sex and Gender. Zita, Jacquelyn, Columbia University Press, Author, 1998.
  • College of Liberal Arts Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1991
  • Morse Amoco/Alumni Teaching Award, University of Minnesota, 1997
  • Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 1997
  • University of Minnesota Mortar Board Honor Society Award for Outstanding Faculty, 2001
  • University of Minnesota Community Service Award, 2006