Announcing Che Gossett as Scholar in Residence

June 15, 2023

We are delighted to announce that Che Gossett, scholar in Black studies, queer/trans studies, and art criticism, will be joining the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University, as a Scholar in Residence and Graduate Seminar Instructor in Critical Race Theory for the Fall semester of 2023.

Che Gossett brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the fields of critical race theory, queer/trans studies, and abolitionist thought, making them an exceptional addition to our multidisciplinary faculty. As a Black non-binary femme writer and critical theorist, their work has made a significant impact on the exploration and understanding of issues related to race, gender, political resistance, and abolition.

While completing a Racial Justice Postdoctoral Fellowship at Columbia Law School, Che Gossett will be leading a graduate seminar in Critical Race Theory at PNCA, offering students the opportunity to engage deeply with this vital area of study. Drawing from their extensive background in aesthetics, they will challenge traditional perspectives and foster transformative discussions on the intersections of race, power, and culture. 

As part of their commitment to social justice education, Che Gossett has been a visiting fellow at Harvard Law School's Center for Animal Law and Policy and has received numerous fellowships and awards for their scholarship. Their work includes co-editing a special issue of TSQ titled "Trans in a Time of HIV/AIDS" and they are currently completing manuscripts on AIDS activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya and the activation of abolition in Black contemporary art for Duke University Press. Their syllabus on trans and non-binary methods for art and art history, co-authored with Professor David Getsy, received the College Art Journal Award for Distinction.

We at PNCA and Willamette University are honored to welcome Che Gossett to our academic community. Their expertise and dedication to fostering critical thinking and social change will undoubtedly inspire our students and contribute to the vibrant intellectual environment we strive to create.