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Dr. Sarah Dougher
Dr. Sarah Dougher

University Studies
117 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland,OR 97207-0751

Office: CH 137
Phone: (503) 715-6731


Dr. Dougher's interests in the intersections of gender, race and pedagogy were nurtured through her many years adjunct instruction in the department of  Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she taught courses on popular music, race and gender, with an emphasis on community-based learning and empowered youth leadership. In 2018, she began teaching full time in University Studies, where she collaborates with a team to instruct Senior Inquiry at Jefferson High School-Middle College for Advanced Studies, teaching Race and Social Justice. She also teaches Freshman Inquiry, and for the past two years has coordinated and taught an early-college humanities course for mostly immigrant and refugee students in E. Portland. 


Subject areas

Girls and girlhood; Feminist pedagogy and youth development; Critical race theory and pedagogy; Gender and sexuality studies (feminist, queer and youth-focused theoretical perspectives); Gender, race and U.S. popular music cultures.


Recent Publications

“Modify and Adjust: Senior Inquiry as a Transformative Whole-School Program for Race and Social Justice” Andrew Kulak, Sarah Dougher, Michael Mooradian Lupro, Sonja Taylor. Journal of General Education, forthcoming. 

“Identity, Cultural Authority, and Musicianship among Tween Girls” with Diane Pecknold, in Mediated Girlhoods, Volume 2, ed. Mary Celeste Kearney and Morgan Blue. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

“When Loud Means Real” in Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music and Culture, eds. Allison Adrian and Jacqueline Warwick. New York: Routledge, 2016.


Recent Presentations

2017 American Studies Association, Chicago IL. “Negotiating Girl Power: Normative and Transformative Community-Based Feminist Pedagogy at Girls’ Rock Camps.”

2017 International Society for the Study of Popular Music, Kassel, Germany “Girls Rock! Reverberations and Limitations.”