Profile: Jyl Josephson

Chair of Political Science and Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, Global Urban Studies/Urban Systems Ph.D., Graduate Program in American Studies, Program in Women's and Gender Studies

Jyl Josephson is Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-Newark.  She is the author of Rethinking Sexual Citizenship, forthcoming in 2016 from SUNY Press, and is co-editor with Cynthia Burack of the Queer Politics and Cultures series for SUNY Press. She has written on gender, sexuality, and public policy, primarily in the context of U.S. social policy. She has published books on child support policy, and on gender and American politics.  Her work has also been published in journals such as Politics and Gender, Journal of Poverty, Politics and Gender, New Political Science, and Perspectives on Politics.

Josephson teaches a graduate course in Feminist Research Methods, which also serves as a methods course for the Political Science MA program. She teaches undergraduate courses in political theory and, for the Women’s and Gender Studies program, she teaches the politics of sexuality course. She spent the spring 2011 semester at the University of Iceland as a Fulbright lecturing scholar, affiliated with the Center for Women’s and Gender Research (RIKK), and taught a version of the politics of sexuality course that she teaches at Rutgers. Since then, she has conducted research, along with Icelandic colleagues, of feminist, queer, and trans activists regarding their views of gender and sexuality equality in Iceland. She has also conducted research on community organizing, and her newest project is on democracy and higher education. 

From 2004 to 2008, Josephson served as Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark, and she has served in number of other administrative roles including as Acting Director of the Graduate Program in American Studies, and as Co-chair in spring 2014 of the Rutgers University-Newark Strategic Planning Oversight Committee. The committee’s charrette groups and town hall meetings, along with Chancellor Cantor’s listening tour provided the input that was the basis of RU-N’s initial strategic planning recommendations.